Andrea Cappiello and Valerio De Santis win Structures of Freedom competition

Two young architects working at DMA have won the top prize in an architecture competition to design a pavilion for Sziget music festival in Budapest.

Andrea Cappiello and Valerio De Santis proposed a concept for a pavilion that represents the unity in diversity celebrated at music festivals where people of all backgrounds are brought together by their common passion for music and diversity is exalted, not demonised. An exterior cube encloses an irregular form made of coloured polycarbonate and aluminium mirrored panels that acts as a light instrument, reflecting natural light to create a whimsical symphony of colours in the pavilion’s interior. This pavilion aims to represent the spirit of unity in one, iconic structure that acts as a social hub bringing people together, and also acts as a beacon to help festival goers find their way with its bright colours and artificial illumination at night.

“Structures of Freedom” is an international single stage competition run by Archtalent, an online architecture platform for architects, in collaboration with Sziget. The competition is open to architects under the age of 40, as individuals or in teams, and calls for ideas for the development and construction of a temporary structure for a music festival under the following themes: design, innovation, context, recyclability and sustainability. The proposals must be innovative while reaffirming the values of the festival.

Ranked one of the five best festivals in Europe, Sziget is a week-long music and culture festival held every August in Budapest in Hungary.

For more information and images of Andrea and Valerio’s pavilion and the Structures of Freedom competition, click here.