Four experts identified by the Museum have nominated and mentored four young architects/groups of designers under 35. The four projects were submitted to the international jury of the Italian Architecture Prize, which decreed the best young Italian designer of the year.
Following the successful 10-year experience of the YAP Rome at MAXXI programme in collaboration with the MoMA in New York, , and after the experiment of More with Less, the temporary installation realised last year in the square in front of MAXXI’s L’Aquila headquarters, the Museum is setting itself a new challenge. Through NXT, MAXXI intends to combine the experiences and objectives of the Young Architects Program with those of the new L’Aquila venue, promoting a new generation of architects and creating virtuous processes for experiencing and enhancing public spaces.
Dandalò by Atelier Remoto – an architecture studio founded in 2014 by Valentina Merz and Lara Monacelli Bani – is NXT’s winning project.
The project is inspired by the varied, beautiful topography of the Abruzzo landscape; it rethinks the regional textile tradition of wool blankets, embroidery and tablecloths in a contemporary key transforming the materials for the inhabitants in an unusual but recognisable way. Lastly, the loom, composed of three adorned poles, evokes folk festival processions with their characteristic mobile architecture that are a reminder to the community.