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A place for the Castello

Multifunctional outdoor mobile furniture for architecture students

Torino, Castello del Valentino 2018


19 architecture students (1 university) 12 countries (Albania, Austria, China, Ecuador, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Turkey) 3 phases: preliminary projects + constructive development + building Building box: 10 beams 10x10 cm 200 cm long, 50 beams 5x5 cm 100-200 cm long, 20 planks 15- 20 cm long 2,5 cm thick, all in chestnut wood and metal fittings.


atelier mobile

Luca Barello, Michael Armosino, Niccolò Suraci,

Sara Ambrosoli with Emanuele Protti

client and partner

History and Design Studio, BSc in Architecture 2nd year, Politecnico di Torino: Chiara Devoti (Architecture and City History), Luca Barello (Architectural Design) with Maria Vittoria Cattaneo, Rachele Vicario, Luca Malvicino, Danilo Marcuzzo, Aleksandra Cheremuhina (DIST+DAD)


Risako Arita, Teun Van Knegsel (selected project), Dana Al-Madanat, Risako Arita, Bence Bago, Ilaya Daccache, Lilla Fiktusz, Leonhard Genzinger, Incya Kahn, Maho Kuwayama, Xiang Li, Xinwei Li, Hui Min Lim, Miguel Angel Moreno Gomez,

Esra Sevilen, Yuwen Tan, Teun Van Knegsel, Yueying Wu, Zhipeng Xie, Guz Sonat Yazici, Weicheng Zhou (constructive development and building).

academic tutor

Roberto Giordano (Politecnico di Torino-DAD)

building technical assistance

Corrado Carbonaro, Angela Lacirignola con Michael Armosino, Arthur Bohn, Paolo Erriquez e Silvia Ciocia (Politecnico di Torino-LaSTIn)


Politecnico di Torino (Fondi per la progettualità studentesca)


atelier mobile, Arturo Calvanese, Xiang Li


special thanks to

Paolo Mellano (Politecnico di Torino-DAD), Mario Grosso (Politecnico di Torino-LaSTIn), Alessandro Bianco (Politecnico Di Torino-EDILOG), Paola Lerario e Emanuele Loglisci  (Politecnico Di Torino-PREP)


Multifunctional outdoor mobile furniture for the open spaces of the Castello del Valentino, one of the venues of Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino, is to be placed along the 19th Century wing of the baroque residence. From the 28 projects developed by the students of the History and Design Studio, through an initial selection of 7 works by three juries (professors, external critics and the students themselves) and a subsequent discussion with the managers of the spaces of the Castello, a project was selected to be developed and built by a team composed by the student's authors of the shortlisted schemes.

The pair of furnishings share a common structure, a frame enclosing a screen of vertical slats through which planes intersect at different heights, becoming points of support and seating and allowing drawings and models to be displayed. The furniture can be extended in a line or placed in a corner to create a more intimate meeting point.

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