Participants of this the competition are asked to reuse this space as a Concert Hall.
Register: MAR/12/2021, Submit: MAR/12/2021, Eligibility: Architects, engineers, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: 55 EUR (NOV/09 – DEC/13/2020), 65 EUR (DEC/14/2020 – JAN/24/2021), 75 EUR (JAN/25 – MAR/12/2021), Awards: 1st Prize: 2,500 EUR, 2nd Prize: 1,000 EUR, 3rd Prize: 500 EUR, 10 Honorable Mentions, Special Mentions
The “Fallen-church” (“Chiesa Diruta” in Italian) is a catholic church built in Grottole (Matera) in the 15th century, in order to host the local community of clergymen and to become one the most important churches of the bishopric. It suffered a lot of damages due to earthquakes, fires and building issues so it was soon abandoned. Participants of this competition are asked to reuse this space as a Concert Hall. Is it possible to bring life back inside one of the most important religious buildings of Southern Italy? Rethinking Chiesa Diruta means to approach an unfinished work, which is able to reactivate the emotions of the town and mobilize a heritage made of memories. A cultural production center is the chance to refurbish the historical city center, largely abandoned, creating a meeting point for citizens and an attractive epicentre for visitors and artist from all over the world. Working on an historical architecture means to research, to learn, to experiment on matter and on time, projecting an ancient architecture to a contemporary world and function.
The first certain information date back to 1508, when a preexisting parish church was turned into the new Church of St. Luca and St. Giuliano, and a community of clergymen established there. During the Sixteenth and Seventeenth century many interventions modified the aspect of the church, with the addiction of altars and decorations. At the end of the Seventeenth century an earthquake seriously damaged the church that gradually collapsed during the following decades. At the beginning of the Nineteenth century the church was completely abandoned and it started to be named after the vernacular expression ‘Chiesa Diruta’ (The Fallen-church). In 1985 other collapses took place and the following years many restoration works were carried out to preserve the church, but nothing was made to reuse it.
- Climate: warm and temperate. Winter is rainy, and summer is warm and dry. On average, the area experiences 7 rain days per month. The annual mean temperature is 14.9 °C.
- Latitude: 40° 59’ 89.67’’ N, Longitude: 16° 38’ 61.85’’ E
- Altitude: Chiesa Diruta is in the towncenter, on the top of the hill, all around visible from the countryside.
Conceive the entire church as a new concert hall, a space dedicated to theatrical and music events.
- Auditorium space (multiple), adapt for lectures, meetings, concerts, films, performance art. This space must be usable both in winter and in summer. Consider no less than 1.3 square meters per person in the audience.
- Stage space (no less than 5 people at the same time) and a backstage space
- Few dressing rooms
- Small gift shop
- Small area for a bar dedicated to the audience
- Reception/box office space
- Following additional spaces: a storage spaces, restrooms for the audience and for the musicians, an office for the administration (1 person)
Conceive a project that yields the perception of the church space at diverse elevations.
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