Reimagine a historical primary school into a museum for horses
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winners of one of our Honorable mentions for the “Pape Nature Park Gateway” competition - Guido Mitidieri from Italy!
Guido Mitidieri from Italy
I am a young architect, I was born in Italy and I am based in Finland where I have found my real love. Finland has opened me up to a new atmosphere of art and creation. I base my art and architecture on slow and caring processes. I research using different tools: hand drawings, wood models, book research and photos. In this way my final pieces are deeply influenced by the process of creation and by the experiences I have during it. I collaborate with other artists and architects and I am open to new collaborations, techniques and methods.
In the last two years I worked on more than 15 projects. I attended the Master on Wood Architecture Wood Program at Aalto University and I built a wooden theatre and pavillion with an international team of 20 fantastic architects. After that I realized an exhibition of sculpture in Taiwan for Casagrande Laboratory. I work on different scales, from small pavillions, to houses and terraces. I prefer the works where I can imagine and control the entire process of realization: from concept to construction. At the same time I continue my 1:1 Environmental Art work in the forests and countryside. I can say that I am an in between artist: between architecture, art and landscape.
Architecture is, for me, a process of knowledge. We know the world from different points of view every time we visit a place: the characteristics of a space influence our psychophysic complex being. In this way architecture means to me to create a machine to see the Earth, to have an experience and the possibility to touch other universal dimensions. Architecture is part of the universe, it is a small detail made out of natural elements coming from the planet. In this way architecture is an art of giving and the architect is a person who is able to produce gifts for people. It doesn't matter about the dimension and amount of a money a gift is paid, if it is done with care and heart it is something able to heal the being, redirecting the planet's energy.
I really like to design for architecture competitions. First of all, being such a small and independent artist, the fact that these competitions are anonymous is a big advantage. I can compete with bigger studios and firms on the same level,and in an open market i can build and design something that is much more complex. I enjoy this experience as a process of research that I use to test some of my personal perspectives. I do these works with a serious eye on technique, materials and clients and another free eye on artistic research, drawing techniques and spatial atmosphere.
I think these competitions are a really good instrument to test yourself and your ideas, to experiment with and get more accurate in your creative process. You can experiment the high energy flux of doing a competition in 3 weeks, or you can really go in deep and use 6 months to create a unique piece for yourself. I use this experience to keep my mind fresh and active in constant movement. It's up to you!