The Heights of Design


32 works have been submitted from all over the world (Italy, France, Austria, Finland, Spain, United Kingdom, Rumania, Ukraine, Canada, United States, Argentina, Japan and Singapore).

The second prize has been shared among three winners, whose projects have been chosen for their originality, feasibility, coherence and scale adequacy:

• “Non è possibile parlare di luce senza introdurre il concetto di buio” project by Gian Luca Ranno (Piedmont, Italy)-
On building wooden tunnel as places to relax and for sensorial experience for visitors
Rewarded for originality and scale adequacy

• “Geo” project by Pierre Belanger (Canada)-
On pools exploiting geothermal water in some alpine zones in Piedmont
Rewarded for originality

• “Vista perfetta” project by Julian Evans (UK)-
On observation platforms providing a panoramic view
Rewarded for feasibility and scale adequacy


An international competition of ideas for street furniture in hill and mountain areas in Italy’s Piedmont.

Category Other Competition / Competition Result
Type International Furniture Competition
Genre Furniture
Country Italy
RegDeadline 27 July 2007 GoogleCal iCal
27 July 2007
Eligibility All designers, artists and free-lance professionals who must be at least eighteen years of age and cannot have reached forty years of age

An international competition of ideas for street furniture, installations and interventions, which could be produced using artisanal methods, for outdoor spaces in hill and mountain areas in Italy’s Piedmont.
Unioncamere Piemonte and Regione Piemonte, Italy, hereinafter referred to as “the Promoter”, herewith announce an international competition of ideas open to designers, architects, landscapers and artists who are under forty years of age, for the ideation of designs for street furniture, installations and interventions destined for outdoor spaces in Piedmont’s hill and mountain areas, suitable for production using the materials and artisanal methods specified in competition regulation.
The aim of the competition is to gather and compare ideas and technical, economic and cultural proposals in order to identify forms of furniture and interventions that could contribute to enhancing and characterizing outdoor areas, parks, panoramic points, and significant places located in Piedmont’s hill and mountain areas.

A representative of Unioncamere Piemonte
A representative of Regione Piemonte
Italo Lupi, Editor, Abitare
Carlo Olmo, Dean, Faculty of Architecture I, Turin Polytechnic
Marie-Laure Jousset, Head Conservator, Design Collection, the Pompidou Centre
Jean-Pierre Campredon, President, Cantercel
Ruggero Pierantoni, bio-physicist and expert on visual perception
Alberto Seassaro, Dean, Faculty of Design, Milan Polytechnic
Riccardo Bedrone, President, Order of Architects of the City and Province of Turin
Arnaldo Cecchini, Dean, Department of Territorial, Urban and Environmental Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Alghero (Sardinia)

Competition Type
One-Stage, Anonymous Competition

One prize of five thousand euros (€5,00); one prize of three thousand euros (€3,00); one prize of two thousand euros (€2,00)
In conferring the three awards, the Promoter obtains exclusive rights to the projects for which the awards areconferred. Should interest be manifested in producing as a project an idea submitted to the competition, whether or not it has been awarded a prize, the Promoter is committed to favouring direct contact between its designer/s and the person or persons who wish to commission production.

Entry Fee

2 panels (50x70 cm), and A4 brief texts (not exceed three pages)

The Promoter will notify all participants of the results of the competition no later than October 12, 2007. Prizewinners will be notified by registered mail while all other participants will be notified by ordinary first class mail. The awards ceremony will be held in Turin no later than 16 November 2007.
The names of the prizewinners and of the designers whose work is selected by the technical commission will beposted on the website and remain there until 31 December 2009. The Promoter will present the event to the press in Italy and elsewhere and will utilize the results of the competition via promotional activities as it sees fit.

Unioncamere Piemonte & Regione Piemonte

Official Website