Competition launched for stargazers' bolthole in Italy

David Rogers

Scheme has €10,000 first prize

Architects have been given until the end of July to submit entries for a hotel observatory at a castle in central Italy.

Organised by Young Architects Competitions – which organises competitions across Italy for fledgling practices and whose backers include Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster & Partners – carries a €10,000 first prize and involves creating a place to stay for astronomy enthusiasts at Roccascalegna castle (pictured) in the Abruzzo region of the country.

The castle sits over 100m high on top of limestone cliffs and dates back to the 11th century.

Practices have been given until July 26 to come up with plans with a winner due to be named in the last week of September.

The jury includes Enrique Sobejano, co-director at Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, and Felix Perasso from Snohetta.

More details can be found here.


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