Calamity Atelier

Arte Sella

Project developed in collaboration with Peter Shanahan

 

This project fully embraces the idea that Arte Sella is a Gallery like no other. 

 

The project proposes a redefining of the relationships between Art, Nature, and People, through a series of modest architectural interventions that, acting as viewfinders rather than stand-alone works, would draw artists and visitors alike to partake in the rebirth of Arte Sella, reflect upon the destruction of October 29th, 2018 and forge a new vision of the Gallery. 

To achieve these goals, the proposed designs are adaptable, functional and in harmony with art and nature. The Ateliers, Museum, Auditorium/Workshop and Restaurant Seating Area all encourage both moments of introspection and dialogue, whilst respecting, acknowledging and framing the surrounding context of the valley. These not only address the needs of guests and artists, but also improve the experience of visitors at Arte Sella by making them feel valued and integral to the unique identity of the gallery. 

In the vein of remembrance, the proposed museum departs from the standard tradition of permanent installation and somber memorialization. The storm was as much a part of the gallery as any artwork or installation and the damage it caused is accepted as a more drastic weathering of the artworks. Leveraging on memory and materiality, the museum acknowledges that permanence is not a virtue or value that defines Arte Sella as a cultural institution. Any installation of the disappeared works is limited and the conclusion of the installation in the museum returns the art to a final resting place where it can continue in its original course, reunited with the unique context of the Malga Costa. 

The project approaches this multi-structure reconstruction by posing three questions that have been articulated both by visitors and staff members of Arte Sella:

how can Arte Sella redefine the relationship between art, nature and people?

how can architectural interventions function as viewfinders rather than stand-alone structures?

can the destructive force of the storm become a catalyst for development of architectural forms?

Artist Houses + Ateliers

 

The ateliers for Arte Sella are designed to foster creative production whilst acknowledging the need for the general public to be able to interact with parts of the creative process. Artists residences are placed throughout the park to allow for different conditions of privacy to occur, and also feature spaces recessed into the ground that are designed for private making. 

Auditorium + Workshop

 

The concept for the Auditorium and Workshop aims to create a space which can be extremely versatile to host the large spectrum of activities that happen within Arte Sella's cultural and artistic programs. The structure, whilst acting as a viewfinder that frames the beauty of the surrounding mountains, also provides spaces for visitors to actively partake in art-making and discussions.

Museum of Disappeared Works

 

In the vein of remembrance, the proposed museum departs from the standard tradition of permanent installation and somber memorialization. The storm was as much a part of the gallery as any artwork or installation and the damage it caused is accepted as a more drastic weathering of the artworks. Leveraging on memory and materiality, the museum acknowledges that permanence is not a virtue or value that defines Arte Sella as a cultural institution. Any installation of the disappeared works is limited and the conclusion of the installation in the museum returns the art to a final resting place where it can continue in its original course, reunited with the unique context of the Malga Costa.

Restaurant Expansion

The expansion of the restaurant is designed as a separate building, and uses the same architectural language as the other buildings proposed for Arte Sella.

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