The installation 8 ½ designed by Roman architectural collective Orizzontale has won the 2014 YAP Maxxi prize. The YAP programme for young architects is held once a year in partnership with other prestigious international institutions including MoMA in New York, Constructo in Santiago de Chile, the Istanbul Modern and a new addition in 2014: MMCA National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.
The installation by Orizzontale is an 8 and a half metre wall described as a "portable theatre, a machine for using public space" intended to be set up outside the museum designed by Zaha Hadid.
The international panel of judges chose the project for its ability to relate to the museum’s open space and because it could be built using simple materials and recycled.
The project is due to be completed by the end of June 2014 and is intended to host Maxxi events throughout the summer and to provide a free space for visitors to relax in.
Design: orizzontale (Jacopo Ammendola, Giuseppe Grant, Juan Lopez Cano – Cardeña, Margherita Manfra, Nasrin Mohiti Asli, Roberto Pantaleoni, Stefano Ragazzo)
Location: Rome, Italy
Images courtesy of Fondazione Maxxi