YAC – Young Architects Competitions launches “Sport Citadel”, a competition of ideas aiming to design a sport citadel near Turin, in one of the largest sport districts in Europe. A cash prize of € 20,000 will be awarded to winners selected by a well-renowned jury made of, among the others,​ Dang Qun (MAD Architects), Hitoshi AbePeter EisenmanAndrea Maffei.


Wait, silence, ovation: shows change but the passion of the crowds crammed on the bleachers of the arenas of all times seems to be unchanged over millennia.

Stadiums, indoor and outdoor sport arenas are much more related to their Greek and Latin precursors than any other architecture ever built by human hands. This is because sport is a metaphor for life, and life has always been a sequence of challenges and battles, victories and defeats.

Competitiveness is one of the key characteristics of human biology: life itself is a competition to survival. For this reason, any architect’s gesture designing a sport arena is an ancient gesture. It is a gesture, which is balanced between function and theatricality. The greatest architects have made this gesture. All over the world, it continues to inspire and generate some of the most magnificent architectures of our time.

Sport Citadel requires architects to make such gesture.

At the foot of the Alps nearby Turin, in one of the most significant districts in the history of European sport, a vast area is about to host an ambitious dream: the creation of an arena and its sport citadel.

Sport citadel aims to generate a true acropolis of competitiveness. It will be a global reference to practice, study and celebrate multiple disciplines. Prior to a training space, it will be a space to live. It will be a space where to materialize the dream of harmony, overcoming limits and pursuit of excellence, in which sports practice is grounded.

It will be a unique and fascinating challenge. In fact, designing an area [for sport] means creating a sanctuary for the display of the sporting spectacle. Moreover, it means giving a reference to the community. It means creating a place where to hope and rejoice, be moved and touched. Here, thousands of hearts can be turned on in unison by one of the passions that has always been inflaming men and women of all times: sport.

Courtesy of YAC

Courtesy of YAC


Dang Qun (MAD Architects)
Hitoshi Abe
Peter Eisenman
Andrea Maffei
Gianluca Mazza (Unipol Group)
Giovanni Palazzi (Stage up)
Giuseppe Ferrero (Gruppo Ferrero S.p.A.)


  • Early bird €60 from June 24th to July 21st
  • Standard €85 from July 22nd to September 1st
  • Late €110 from September 2nd to September 29th

Courtesy of YAC

Courtesy of YAC


1st Prize 10.000 €
2nd Prize 4.000 €
3rd Prize 2.000 €
4 Gold Mentions 1.000 € each
10 Honorable Mentions
30 Finalists


24/06/2019 “early bird” registration – start
21/07/2019 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “early bird” registration – end

22/07/2019 “standard” registration – start
01/09/2019 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “standard” registration – end

02/09/2019 “late” registration – start
29/09/2019 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “late” registration – end
02/10/2019 (h 12.00 pm – midday – GMT) material submission deadline

More information at www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com
Contacts: [email protected]