Di Pietrantonio focuses on projects arising out of close interaction between artists and architects.
The judges, including Gabriele Basilico, architect and photographer-artist focusing on architecture and urban landscapes, art critic Francesco Bonami, Alessandro Mendini, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, and Grazia Marino Bolongaro (representing La Marrana arteambientale) awarded the prize to Hybrid Muscle by François Roche - Philippe Parreno, Sanpatong, Thailand (2003), choosing it over five other projects nominated by a panel of international advisors ? Domus Vice Editor-in-Chief Stefano Casciani, curator Jes Fernie, author of the book Two minds: Artists and Architects in collaboration, Beppe Finessi, professor at the faculty of architecture in Milan, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator and director of international projects at London?s Serpentine Gallery.
Five other projects were nominated for the competition: Deep Fountain by Cristina Iglesias - Robbrecht and Daem, Leopold Waelplaats, Antwerp (1997-2006); Folkestone Library by David Adjaye - Chris Ofili, Folkestone (1999-2002);
Laban Contemporary Dance Center by Herzog & de Meuron - Michael Craig-Martin, London (2000-2003), Beijing National Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron - Ai Weiwei, Beijing (2003-2008); Stephen Lawrence Center, by David Adjaye - Chris Ofili, London (2008).
Hybrid Muscle is located in The Land, a village built in Chan Mai, near Sanpatong in northern Thailand.