Villa Medici Festival des Cabanes 2022

From 25 May to 2 October

The Festival invites architects, artists and researchers to make use of the historic gardens of Villa Medici, a setting with a remarkable arboreal heritage, the design of which was conceived by Ferdinando de Medici at the end of the 16th century. Transient installations, micro-architectures, pavilions: four original creations of “cabins” will take place throughout the summer in the heart of the gardens of Villa Medici.

On the occasion of the Nuit des Cabanes event on Saturday 25 June, free access to Villa Medici’s gardens from 6 pm. On all other days, access to the architects’ pavilions in the gardens is allowed with the purchase of a ticket valid for a self-guided tour (more information on prices and opening times on this page).

The four pavilions have been specially designed for the Villa Medici Festival des Cabanes by the French architectural agencies DREAM, KOZ and WALD as well as by a group of students from the Master of Political Arts (SPEAP) of Sciences Po and the “Place du vivant” studio of the École des Arts Décoratifs. Exhibited in the open air for five months according to a visual design by the Italian architectural collective orizzontale, these light structures made of wood, often from reused materials, offer the public a renewed experience of the eco-responsible gardens of Villa Medici and invite them to rethink the question of sustainable and modular housing.

On Saturday 25 June, the Nuit des Cabanes will be a season highlight with a programme of artistic, musical and culinary performances featuring artists and thinkers from various backgrounds.

6pm – midnight

Free access, no registration required
Concerts & DJ sets, performances, readings, installations, food market, ‘cabin building’ educational workshops for families and kids, self-guided tours of the pavilions in Villa Medici’s gardens


Deborah Levy, writer and poet
Marielle Macé, researcher, writer and Villa Medici Fellow, in dialogue with Frédérique Aït-Touati, scientific director of the Master in Political Arts (SPEAP) at Sciences Po
Laurent Tixador, artist
Marion Collé, performer
Zuri Camille de Souza, chef and first winner of the new culinary residence at Villa Medici
Thierry Miroglio, percussionist and Sophie Jégou, dancer-choreographer, who will perform Italian creations by composers and Villa Medici Fellows Hèctor Parra and Marta Gentilucci and Fausto Sebastiani, Xu Yi, Jean-Claude Risset and Paulo C.Chagas.
Ninos Du Brasil presented by CURA.
Les Siestes électroniques: Laura Agnus Dei and Malibu
Jean-Marie Appriou, artist and sculptor
Emmanuele Coccia, philosopher and professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociale (EHESS)
Théodora Barat, visual artist, film director and Villa Medici Fellow
Samir Boumedienne, researcher, storyteller and Villa Medici Fellow
The students of the Master in Political Arts (SPEAP) from Sciences Po and the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs

Great festive, artistic and sensory event, the Nuit des Cabanes is be an opportunity to embrace the poetic and convivial dimension of the pavilion as a place of hospitality at the crossroads of disciplines. On the same evening, the installation by artist and sculptor Jean-Marie Appriou is also inaugurated in the Villa Medici gardens (Art Club #35 → read more).

Discover the pavilions:

orizzontale, designers of the signage for Villa Medici’s Festival des Cabanes

orizzontale is an architects’ collective based  in Rome, whose work crosses the field of architecture, urbanism, public art and DIY practice. orizzontale since 2010 has been promoting projects of common relation spaces, giving form to both dismissed and unseen images of the city. These projects have represented the ground for experimenting new kinds of collaborative interactions between city dwellers and urban commons as well as occasions to test the boundaries of the architectural creation process.

→ Download the press release

Image credits:
Cover image: aerial view of the Villa Medici © M3 Studio
Views of the pavilions: © DREAM / KOZ : © Daniele Molajoli / © WALD / Preparatory sketches for the “Banquets des vestiges” pavilion © SPEAP / École des Arts Décoratifs
orizzontale team © Musacchio Ianniello courtesy of Fondazione MAXXI