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Sports /


At least
1 under 35
per team.


Open to
Architects /
Designers /



Architecture is the branch of knowledge that shapes and
structures places for human activities. It gives an answer to
several and various issues, where solutions embody designers creativity and intellect.

Marlegno is a leading brand in the field of design and construction of prefabricated wooden buildings, counting on a
great expertise in the area of sustainable technologies.

Architectural quest doesnt simply resolve itself nor in a stylish,

nor a functional, nor an economic nor a technological answer.
A genuine architectural answer comes through making a
patchwork of all those issues, where designer manages to
blend and structure them together with sensibility and control.

Nowadays no advancement is conceivable without taking

into account sustainability; architectural design thus gains a
pivotal role for both economic and social reasons. Believing
in such principles, Marlegno opens - for the third year in a
row - an international competition on innovation and sustainable architectural technology.

YAC aims to promote contemporary projects that embody a

temporal and personal approach to architectural space.
Idea is the keyword, Architecture is the answer and project is the
medium through which intuition transforms into concrete reality.

Marlegno aims to involve talented designers by offering contemporary and fascinating topics of discussion. Such architectural debate aims to focus on space, environment, tem-

porariness and customisation. Idea shall be the keyword,

architecture the answer and design the means to the end.
Marlegno thanks all the designers willing to join the challenge.


Italian cookery is worldwide appreciated and the very cooking of Bologna excels for many features. Eataly (http:// along with Andrea Segr ( have decided to open in this very town indeed the worlds biggest theme park dedicated to food
farming and food culture.
Bolognas C.A.A.B. ( will welcome in 2016 such a 80.000 m2 entertainment centre:
F.I.CO. This structure will host swimming pools, restaurants, orchards, beehives, teaching farms and shopping
centres. The aim is to exhibit the made-in-Italy food chain
from inception to consumption; more than 9.000.000
tourists per year are hereby expected.

F.I.CO is planned to become a pivotal international attraction; this will trigger an important territorial redevelopment
in order to welcome users and tourist. Food & Wellness
Club aims to offer a wellness area for those classy visitors
willing to discover both nutrition and body care.
How to blend architecture, food, relax, wellness and seasonality?
This the question on which to build a contemporary, ecofriendly design. A notable piece of architecture capable of
offering a multisensory, unique experience to its users.


+44 33 N
+11 26 E

The project site is a former factory located outside Bologna,
where the urban fabric meets the countryside (area dairyproducts oriented).

Hereby the main features to take into account:

Territorial features: Bologna features an important

medieval heritage among which there is the most ancient university in the world. This metropolitan area is a
pivotal reference point for economy and fair trades too,
counting over 1.000.000 inhabitants on the territory.
It is suggested to develop a project capable of interacting with the city and the metropolitan area as well.

F.I.CO: the project is developed by C.A.A.B. (Centro agroalimentare Bolognese,

University of Bologna and Eataly (http://www.eataly.
net/it_en). This 80.000 m2 indoor food farming / food

market will open in 2016 where the current C.A.A.B.

stands, hosting retail activities and learning spaces; visitors will be offered on one hand to purchase and taste wine and food products and on the other hand to
discover the food production chain by visiting orchards,
beehives, pools, teaching farms and shopping centres.
Such a timber-crafted building is meant to become a
manifesto for sustainability and eco-compatibility, hosting the biggest solar panels cover of Europe. Water
and waste treatment and recycling is implemented as
well. F.I.CO will host over 9.000.000 tourists per year
by 2018.


Site prescriptions: the warehouse was built in the 70s

to be a storehouse for La Perla trading activities. The
current owner is Nute Partecipazioni (; both to public administration and to the
owner such a building has no architectural or landscape relevance. Due to a poor aesthetic quality of the
warehouse, it is allowed both demolishing / rebuilding
it from scratch or preserving / renovating it too. Current
legislation sets:


Minimum distance from property lines:

Building maximum height*: 11,5m
Maximum buildable floor space**:


Sustainability prescriptions: according to the philosophy of F.I.CO, it is required to develop a proposal in tune with the surroundings and natural materials.
It is suggested to implement passive cooling / heating technologies and fostering sustainable strategies
for energy production and consumption for the whole

*(from ground level)

**(no limitation on number of floors / excavation)

Food & Wellness Club aims to become more than a simple
spinoff depending on the elite visitors of F.I.CO.; this project
aims to become a reference with a specific identity. The owner means to blend wellness, advanced technologies, shimmering and involving climates: i.e. video-walls to create ethereal spaces / interactive architectural elements / multisensory
design / sensual shapes. Food & Wellness Club aims to set
a new standard in innovation and quality regarding the field of
wellness centres; the keyword is blending food farming with
architecture and health.
Here follows a list of the activities required by the projects
promoter. Standing the prescriptions made in chapter SITE,
it is highlighted that combining / integrating / enhancing these
remains a task for the participants.




Meditation space

A space for personal or group meditation sessions. A space that plays with water / lighting / furniture / emotions / timelessness. It can be developed both indoor / outdoor
80 m2
/ in between.


A space focused on wellness and pleasantness / on the care for the care of visitors. A space based on a regular layout / elegance / privacy / individual areas. It
shall include solarium / sauna / Turkish bath / massage area / bath tubs / multi-sensory showers. It can be developed a stimulating space with the aid of modern 600 m2
technologies and interactive visualisation media in order to trigger users in all their senses.

Acqua zone

The core of the project. One or more swimming pools with their relative relax areas / therapy areas / wellness areas. It shall provide a multi-sensory experience
1000 m2
through an elegant use of modern technologies and interactive visualisation media. It shall provide a totalising and ever-changing space capable of attracting visitors.


Reception desk / space for welcoming and informing visitors.

80 m2


A space for administration / technical personnel

100 m2

Locker rooms

The first stop-over for visitors; such a space shall be used by visitors to prepare themselves for their experience.

150 m2

Suite day-spa

A luxury day-spa room / a private space dedicated to wellness services for singles and couples as well.

4 units
50 m2 each


A space for training / gymnastic / physical activities.

100 m2

Coffee shop

A space for drinking / eating organic products related to F.I.CO.

50 m2


A space for selling products for beauty treatments / natural products related to food farming and wellness.

50 m2

Storage room /

A technical space for maintenance and cleaning.

50 m2




09 MAR 2015 early bird registration - start



MAR 2015 early bird registration - end

MAR 2015 standard registration - start

APR 2015 standard registration - end

21 APR 2015 late registration - start

12 MAY 2015 late registration - end

25 MAY 2015 (h 12:00 GMT, midday) material submission deadline*

JUN 2015


award ceremony & exhibition
*Fulfilling an early bird, standard or late registration does not affect submission deadline.
Submission deadline is unique.





All the awarded proposals will be published on architectural magazines and websites (i.e. ArtApp
Magazine, Atribune Magazine, Architettura Ecosostenibile) + will be hosted in international exhibitions.
Once results are made official, each awarded team is required to produce and send YAC a succinct video to showcase its proposal.*
All the finalist proposals will be published on

*This requirement is compulsory in order to collect a monetary awarding.








Layouts showing texts bodies not written in English wil be banned;
b. Layouts showing names or referrals to their own team / their identity will be banned.

TeamID can appear on the file name only, since jurors will not be allowed to see it;
c. FIles named not by following the prescriptions of the chapter MATERIAL will be banned;
d. Material which is considered incomplete, partial or non congruent to the criteria set in the chapter

MATERIAL wil be banned;
Material which is submitted not by following calendar, deadlines and correct uploading procedures

wil be banned;
Teams missing one under 35 member at least will be disqualified;
g. Team members trying to ask a juror about the competition will disqualify their own team;
Team members who have or had business collaboration or blood-relations with jurors will
be disqualified;

Team members who publicizes their own proposal material before the conclusion of the

competition will be disqualified;

Competitors must respect calendar dates, procedures and fees;

Competitors must respect all the instructions regarding required material;
Competitors can be students, graduated, freelance architects, designers or artists: it is
not mandatory to be involved in architectural disciplines or enrolled in architectural associations;
Competitors can join the competition both individually and in team;
Teams must have at least one team member between 18 and 35 years old;
Teams can be composed by any number of team members;
Teams can be composed by any competitors belonging to different countries and universities;
Paying a single entry fee allows to join the competition with a single project;
Paying further entry fees allows to join the competition with further projects; fees to be
determined by following competitions calendar;
Prizes include bank commissions and fees;
Prizes are established regardless to the number of attendants a team is made of;
Committees verdict is incontestable.
It is forbidden to competitors to ask a juror about the competition;
It is forbidden to competitors to publicize their own proposal material before the conclusion
of the competition;
It is forbidden to competitors to join the competition in case they have or had business
collaboration or blood-relations with jurors;

By violating the rules, competitors and their teams will be disqualified from the competition without
any chance of getting a refund. Joining the competition implies accepting rules and service terms.
The authorship of each project is equally attributed to each member of the team.

Subscribing to YACs competition, competitors accept terms and rules of the competition;
Winning proposals will be considered purchased by the client;
YAC claims the rights to use participant proposals for exhibitions and publications;
Competition material necessary to fulfill the competition is available on the DOWNLOAD section on YACs website . Material is made available regardless to
the kind of subscriprion is fulfilled. It is however allowed to use further material found from third parties;
YAC is allowed to change the calendar or the details of the competition; possible variations will be notified on time through the channels YAC has available;
YAC is not responsible for web malfunctioning or technical difficulties due to servers; its highly recommended to submit required material, fees and subscription with a good advance of time on the deadline.
If a proposal is picked for construction, designers will be involved in potential working phases outside the competition.




The whole procedure is computerized:

1 UNI A1 layout(594mm x 841mm), .pdf format, maximum size 10 mb, horizontal or vertical

enter registration area;
fill required fields;
at the end of the procedure the first member of the team will be notified with a validation mail

containing the team ID number (teamID is randomly and automatically assigned); if no mail
arrives check spam;

a username, a password and a link will be received; open the link to confirm YAC the pre-


layout, to be uploaded on the personal login area. Such layout must contain:



design concept / conceptual idea;

graphic framework aimed to illustrate the project (i.e. plans, facades, cross-sections) choosing what to display and the relative scale is up to competitors choice;
3d views - i.e. renderings, pictures, hand sketches;

File name: A1_<TeamID>_FWC.pdf (es. if TeamID is123 , file must be named

A1_123_FWC.pdf ).

1 A3 album (420mm x 294mm), .pdf format, maximum size 10 mb, horizontal layout, maxium

7 pages long, to be uploaded on the personal login area. Album must contain:

once confirmed the pre-registration, enter personal area and fulfill fee payment; the reason of


general layout, scale 1:1000;

relevant blueprints, scale 1:500;
one cross-section at least, scale 1:500;

once fulfilled pre-registration and fee payment, uploading will be enabled;

open personal area, insert username & password; upload the material; the first member of the

File name: A3_<TeamID>_FWC.pdf (es. if TeamID is123 , file must be named

A3_123_FWC.pdf ).

Its highly recommended to be early on deadlines with subscriptions and payments.

Text shall be synthetic and written in English. Layouts cannot contain any name or reference to
designers. Layouts cannot have nor groups TeamID on it. Such code is meant to
appear on the filename only, since jury will not be capable of seeing it during voting procedure.

currency payment operation will be: YAC_FWC_teamID (i.e. if teamID is 12345, reason of
currency payment operation will be YAC_FWC_12345);

team will be notified with a validation mail; if no mail arrives check spam;

During the whole contest - until registration deadline - competitors are welcome to address pertinent question to Questions shall be written in English and must
be signed with name, surname and TeamID. YAC staff will answer questions privately and will decide to publish relevant issues on the FAQ section of YACs website. Updates will be notified through
YACs Facebook and Twitter channels. FAQs will be published in English only and will remain anonymous.
YAC provides essential material on the download area; nevertheless competitors wishing to use further sources are allowed to do it.

ITALO ROTA / Studio Italo Rota /
Born in 1953, he graduates in Architecture at Milanos Politecnico. In the late 80s he moves to Paris and he takes care of the restoration of the Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou first, the restoration of the
new French School at Louvres Cour Carr later and also the refurbishment of Nantes inner town.
He moves again in Milan in 1996. He opens Studio Italo Rota & Partners in 1998. He designs the pavilion Ciudades de Agua for Expo 2008 Zaragoza and Cavalli Club in Florence. In 2009 he designs Lord Hanuman Hindu temple in India, Cavalli Club in Dubai and Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Milano. Current projects: the design for Kuwait Expo 2015 pavilion, a refurbishment for Palazzo Forcella De Seta and Stazione Marittima in
Palermo, a redesign for Palazzo dellArengario in Milan, a redesign for an iron and steel facility in Dolvi in India
NICOLA SCARANARO / Foster+Partners /
Nicola graduates at IUAV, Venice, in 2005. He is a registered architect in the UK and in Italy; he is a RIBA chartered member. He deals with the design of mixed-use super high-rise developments,
governmental buildings, leisure and sport centres, R&D and urban design. In 2005 he joins Foster + Partners. Here he works on a wide number of iconic developments such as: Jameson House in
Vancouver, Canada; Santa Fe; the Regional Appeals Court in Madrid, a 400,000 sq. m mixed-use super high-rise scheme in Riyadh, KSA; a master plan for a 500,000 sq. m mixed-use development
in Istanbul; a 1,001m high tower in KSA and an 80,000 seats FIFA stadium in KSA. He takes part in winning competitions such as Motor City in Aragon; Project Honour in SC Johnson headquarter
Racine campus, Winsconsin and a new airline hub for Central America. He is promoted to associate in 2008.
DONALD BATES / LAB Architecture Studio /
Prof. Donald Bates is a registered architect in Australia and the UK, and is the Director of LAB Architecture Studio - the architects of Melbournes award-winning Federation Square and other projects in the UK,
China, Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, as well as Australia. He is a frequently invited juror on international design competitions (such as the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, 2014), for
projects in China, Vietnam, Europe, Libya, Lebanon, Armenia, and Australia. He is currently a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel, and has been an advisor to the School of Architecture, American
University of Beirut and Department of Architecture, RMIT University. He is an External Examiner to the School of Architecture at Hong Kong University, and has been an External Examiner at the Bartlett School
of Architecture and University of East London. Prof. Bates has lectured extensively in both an academic and professional capacity, with more than 140 lectures across North and South America, Europe, Asia
and Australia in the last 20 years. He has been the subject of numerous interviews, in print, radio and television.
Edoardo was born in 1954 and becomes an expert in Ecology of Architecture, Religious Architecture and Architecture for gardens. He opens Archos Studio in 1979. He founds and become director of ART APP magazine in 2008. He is senior manager for the cultural committee of Fondazione Socio Culturale Bertarelli. In 2012 he establishes the cultural association
Scuola Permanente dellAbitare. His project for Cantina di Collemassari is showcased at XII Venice Biennale in 2010, at Tokyo UIA World Congress for Architecture in 2011 and at XIV
Venice Biennale in the Italian pavilion in 2012. His project for Scuola Edile Papa Giovanni XXIII in Haiti is presented at Durban UIA World Congress for Architecture.


ANDREA SEGR / Universit di Bologna /
Andrea was born in Trieste in 1961 and graduates at the University of Bologna in Agricultural Science. In 1990 he achieves a Master of Science in Politiques Agricoles et Administration du Dveloppement
at the Institut Agronomique Mditerranen in Montpellier. In 1991 he becomes PhD in Agricultural Politics and Economics in Bologna. In 2003 he becomes professor in Agricultural International Policies
at the Bolognas University of Agricultural Sciences. In 2005 he becomes Dean of the faculty. In January 2012 he becomes director of the Department of Food Farming Science and Technology. His
expertise is often required on the field by the Italian Foreign Ministry and other international institutions such as the European Commission, World Bank, FAO, OCSE. He spends over three years studying
and working abroad (USA, France, Russia, Belarus). He is the creator of Last Minute Market project (, winning the 2011 International Ator Pal Mont Award. The European Parliment patronises in 2010 his campaign against waste ( He wins international awards such as the 2012 ethics Green Award by the European Parliament.
ANDREA ZAMBONI / Zamboni Associati Architettura Domus /
Andrea is a Ph.D Architect and Associate and Technical Director of ZAA. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio (CH). He graduated in Ferrara
with Peter Zumthor and Vittorio Savi and then worked with Nicola Di Battista in Rome and Guido Canali in Parma. With Canali he developed as project manager, amongst other projects, the construction of contemporary art museum in Kyong Ki (South Korea) and the reconversion of the Manifattura Tabacchi in Milan. In 2002 he was selected for the Architecture Award of the Academy of San Luca
in Rome. Since 2010 he is PhD in Architectural Composition at the University of Bologna. Since 2005 he has been teaching and researcher in the Faculty of Architecture "Aldo Rossi" at Cesena, from
2013 as Professor of Architectural Composition in Bologna. He is author of essays and publications, including "Dominique Perrault" in the Italian edition (Motta Architecture) and French (Actes Sud), "Architecture of the twentieth century in Reggio Emilia" (Bruno Mondadori) with Chiara Gandolfi. From 2013 he collaborates with the international architectural review Domus edited by Nicola Di Battista as
member of the Domus Study Centre.
PIER GIORGIO GIANNELLI / Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori di Bologna /
Pier Giorgio was born in Rome in 1959, where he graduates in Architecture at La Sapienza University. In 1988 he establishes Studio Housing; in 1992 he moves to Bologna. He deals with sustainable
architecture and delivers projects for the public and the privates covering a wide spectrum of destinations such as real estate, hospitals, industrial, retail, refurbishment. In 1998 he becomes consultant
for ACER Bologna. He successfully joins national and international architectural competitions. Domus puts his projects among the 100 most valuable Italian architectures in 2009. The Institute for Cultural Heritage awards two his projects in 2012 and 2013. He enters Bologna Architectural Association Panel in 2009 and he becomes president of the order in 2011. He becomes Coordinator for the
Regional Federation of Architects in 2012. He enters the panel of Bologna Chamber of Commerce in 2013, becoming the vice president in 2015.
Angelo was born near Bergamo in 1972; he achieves a degree in Civil Engineering in 1998 at the University of Brescia. In 2000 he contributes to establish Marlegno ltd. Prefabricated Wooden
Buildings dealing with the engineering and prefabrication phases of timber building and structures. He becomes managing director and technical manager of the company, leading the company towards an approach to the market that relies on sustainability, custom-based design, highly developed expertise on technology and innovation, specific care for detail development and
materials use. He becomes vice president of the national builders association Assolegno-FLA. Angelo is confident that technology is a key for sustainability and performance, giving keynotes
on the issue in Universities, workshops and conventions.


Alma Mater Studiorum

Universita di bologna
Sede di Cesena

LAB architecture studio


Foster + Partners

Claudio Nardi Architects


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