International Design Competition of Cavallerizza Reale di Torino

Cavallerizza Reale di Torino

Compagnia di San Paolo, the University of Turin, and the Municipality of the City of Turin, in agreement with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, the Order of Architects of Turin and Milan, and the Foundation for Architecture /Torino, hold a design competition for the requalification of the compendium of Cavallerizza Reale.

The requalification project intends to build an international cultural hub, located in the heart of the city that – under the banner of sustainability and with the support of the latest technologies- envisages the establishment of new cultural, educational, receptive, social, and tertiary functions, coherently with the instructions in the regulatory plan and with the Unitarian Requalification Project approved by the Turin City Council, significantly increasing the portion for public use.

Envisaged as a Command Zone for the governance and military operations of the Savoy family, the Cavallerizza Reale was conceived in the mid’600 by Amedeo di Castellamonte as an implement for the Royal Palace Complex. The project, commissioned by Carlo Emanuele II, involved the edification of monumental galleries employed as archives, the institution of an academy for the children on the Turin and European aristocracy, the royal stables, since then located inside Maneggio Chiablese, the Royal Theatre, the Pagliere building, a library, and the Royal Mint.

From the first half of the ‘700 on, with great refurnishing works, carried out by Filippo Juvarra and Benedetto Alfieri, Turin acquires a more international dimension, while Bernardo Mosca, responsible for the 18th-century implements, developed a second redesign of the project, equipping the city with an even more monumental and Avant guarde complex.

Today the cavallerizza Reale is part of Turin’s museum district, that features some of the city’s main institutions: Musei Reali, Teatro Regio, Teatro Stabile, Auditorium Rai, Centro di Produzione RAI, Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Museo Egizio, Gallerie d’Italia, Biblioteca Nazionale, Accademia delle Scienze, Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Conservatorio G. Verdi.

The ambition of the competition, also concerning the centuries-old history of the institutions that propose it, is to offer Turin an authoritative, iconic and recognizable architectural sign, which becomes a reference point for the cultural and touristic activities of the territory. The Design Groups will have to work on a project that guarantees the conservation of the asset and propose architectural solutions that meet the functional needs related to the intended use and enhancement of the historical identity of the buildings.

The Competition, published on the Concorrimi platform of the Order of Architects of Milan, proposes a two-phase articulation on the model of French competitions. The first phase is pre-selection for curriculum and titles, intending to select up to 6 candidates among the competitors, who will be invited to participate in the second phase, and the second, having as its object the presentation of a technical and economic feasibility project.

In the first phase, a report on the methodological approach to the project is also requested taking into account the conditions and constraints contained in the Design Guidelines. The prerogative will be that, among those selected for the second phase, the Selection Board may include, where present, at least one Competitor with a professional under the age of 40 as group leader. Each Design Group must also provide for the presence of a young graduate professional, qualified to practice the profession for less than five years. Source and images Courtesy of Ordine degli Architetti di Milano.

Rewards and refunds
There will be a first prize for the winner to cover the costs incurred for the processing of the PFTE of € 200,000 and reimbursement of expenses is paid to each of the remaining participating Design Groups that have submitted the required works, equal to € 28,000.

• submission of the application form, reference projects, CV, and methodological report – from 8 June 2022 by 27 July 2022
• pre-selection committee and shortlist communication – by 15 September 2022
• PFTE presentation by the selected Design Groups – 6 December 2022
• selection and announcement of the winner – by 16 January 2023