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The Journey – the nature sanctuary

The contemporary art park Arte Sella inaugurates “The Journey”, a new architectural installation that invites to travel and to the sacredness of the relationship between man and nature. A sanctuary in the heart of the mountains of Trentino, a light structure that becomes a network of connection between the outside and the inside, it is with these objectives that the young designers of  YACademy have worked under the tutorship of MC A – Mario Cucinella Architects in the development of a series of creative concepts for Arte Sella dedicated to the theme of sustainability and the future. Through the workshop “A Door on a Better World” it was possible a multi-level confrontation that led to a prototype of a nomadic architecture with a very strong imaginative identity.

The architecture of “The Journey” is reminiscent of a tent, composed of simple profiles grafted onto a sheet metal base ballasted with local stones. To enter, the visitor walks on a ring-shaped path, finding himself in the center which is a sort of observation point towards the sky and the beginning of the “journey”. At the center of the structure it is possible to stop and look towards the sky sitting on a big boulder coming from the Moggio stream. The entire project has been conceived to be “Climate Positive” thus planning to absorb more greenhouse gases than those emitted during the construction of the work and thus embodying the desire to leave the new generations a better world.

To achieve this result, the installation of the work has been accompanied by restoration and maintenance of the forests of Val di Sella and the planting of new trees of various species – maples, birches, rowan, beech, hornbeam, hazelnut and spruce – in the vicinity of the structure, as reforestation work in the area. The installation will therefore leave the territory that hosts it better than it found it, thus creating a concrete synergy between art and nature. A project that succeeds in establishing a dialogue between the role of the architect and the sacredness of the environment in which he works, no longer just the background of the work but a central element from which everything starts and finally returns. 

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Project: The Journey
Art direction: Mario Cucinella
Promoter: Scrigno