International Architecture Competition on the Reuse of the Fallen Church in Grottole Matera

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The third edition of the cultural project Re-use Italy promotes an international architecture competition on the reuse of the “Fallen-church” (“Chiesa Diruta” in Italian), a forgotten church in southern Italy, Grottole (Matera), and faces the issue of the abandonment of small towns in Italy.
The contest is organized in partnership with Wonder Grottole, ArchDaily, KooZA/rch, Graphisoft, and with the official support of the Municipality of Grottole (Matera), FAI Basilicata, Matera Art Film Festiva, ANCI Basilicata, Associazione Borghi Autentici d’Italia.

Chiesa Diruta is a catholic church built in Grottole (MT) 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. The competition, open to architects, engineers and students, asks the participants to transform
the ruin into a Concert Hall.

The international Jury members are: Adam Nathaniel Furman, Emanuele Fidone, Assemble Architects, Diego Hernandez (ArchDaily), Simone Bossi, Graca Correia & Roberto Ragazzi (Correia Ragazzi Arquitectos), Andrea Paoletti (Wonder Grottole), Wenqiang Han (Archstudio), Eric de Broche des Combes (Luxigon), Jaume Mayol & Irene Pérez (TEd’A arquitectes).

Is it possible to bring back to life one of the most important religious buildings of Southern Italy? The answer to this question is in the hands of the architects, the engineers and the students who will participate to this competition.