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Pinocchio Children’s Library



YAC – Young Architects Competitions –  launches “Pinocchio Children’s Library”, an architectural competition to design a library dedicated to Pinocchio’s Adventures and available to children and adults alike. The initiative is in cooperation with the Foundation Carlo Collodi and supported by the Council of Architects of Pistoia, the School of Fine Arts of Florence, Touring Club, ISI Florence, Casabella magazine and it is part of the wider project “Collodi European Capital of Culture”. A cash prize of € 20,000 will be awarded to the winners selected by an internationally-renowned jury made by, among the others, Mario Cucinella, Italo Rota, Fabio Novembre, Fedele Canosa (MECANOO Architecten), Emmanuelle Moureaux.




It is the fairy tale par-excellence. It is one of the stories that mostly influenced culture and international imaginary over the last two centuries: Pinocchio. The puppet destined to become a boy made adults and children of all generations dream.

From Disney’s interpretation to various film adaptations, the adventures of Pinocchio have travelled around the world. This tale comes from a remote and picturesque corner of Italy: Collodi. Thanks to the precious activity of the homonymous Foundation, Collodi is getting ready to inaugurate a new chapter of international notoriety and importance.

In fact, 2018 will be a crucial year for the project “Collodi Capitale Europea dell’Infanzia” (Collodi European Childhood Capital). It is an ambitious program of the Collodi Foundation and the Italian Government that will build- in the sites of the fairy tale- the largest theme park inspired by Pinocchio ever built. The 250.000 m2 intervention will include installations, attractions and a library dedicated to all the fairy tales that made the childhood of dozens of generations magic (Alice, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, the Little Prince among others).

In this context, YAC is delighted to present Pinocchio Children’s Library. Through the collaboration of the Collodi Foundation- this competition gives designers the opportunity to create an unprecedented project. They are given the opportunity to design the first and largest children library inspired by the fairy tale of Pinocchio. This library will have to be the image and the materialization of childhood dreams for millions of visitors who will visit the park.

Which will be the house to safeguard the most important fairy tales in the world? How to define a child-friendly space destined to be the most prestigious fairytale library at international level?

These are the questions that Pinocchio Children’s Library asks designers. It invites them to go back to the magic horizon of fairy tales and stories. Only by let the project taking them back to their childhood, designers can rediscover the sense of wonder and fantasy necessary to design a refined place. A place built to play and have fun but above all grow up and learn. A place that displays the noble project of the Foundation: to build the future society by nurturing the most powerful and endless childhood resource: imagination. 





  • JURY


-          Mario Cucinella (MC Architects)


-          Italo Rota (Studio Italo Rota)


-          Fabio Novembre (Studio Novembre)


-          Emmanuelle Moureaux (Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design)


-          Fedele Canosa (MECANOO Architecten)


-          Pier Francesco Bernacchi (Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi)


-          Francesco Dal Co (Casabella)


-          Fabio Capanni (DIDA – University of Florence)


-          Emilio Faroldi (Politecnico di Milano)






1st   PRIZE  10.000 €

2nd  PRIZE 4.000 €

3rd  PREMIO  2.000 €

4 GOLD MENTIONS 1.000  € each






11/09/2017 “early bird” registration – start

15/10/2017  (h 11.59 pm GMT) “early bird” registration – end


16/10/2017 “standard” registration – start

12/11/2017  (h 11.59 pm GMT) “standard” registration – end


13/11/2017 “late” registration – start

10/12/2017  (h 11.59 pm GMT) “late” registration – end


13/12/2017  (h 12.00 pm – midday – GMT) material submission deadline

20/12/2017 jury summoning

28/02/2018 results announcement


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Scadenza: 13.12.2017

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