Competition Notice: Re-use the Fallen-church, Grottole (Matera)

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, together with local organizations, among which Wonder Grottole on the front line (

The contest is organized  in partnership with, ArchDaily, KooZA/rch, Graphisoft, Wonder Grottole, and with the official support of the Municipality of Grottole (Matera), Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo, FAI Basilicata, Matera Art Film Festival, ANCI Basilicata, Associazione Borghi Autentici d’Italia, Ordine degli Architetti P.P.C. della provincia di Matera.

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.

ReUse Italy
ReUse Italy
ReUse Italy

The deadline is March 12th. It’s requested one A1 sheet (59cmx84cm). The total prizes are 4000 Euro. The submitted projects will be displayed on an exhibition on April 2021 in Grottole, and the winners, in addition to receiving a prize, will be invited to explain their project to the citizenry

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).

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