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Future System's Ferrari museum finally completes

The new Enzo Ferrari Museum, the last project of the late Jan Kaplicky – the co-founder of Future Systems – has opened in Modena, Italy

The €18 million project, which was won by Future Systems in competition in 2004, was delivered by his ‘loyal assistant’ Andrea Morgante of London-based Shiro Studio.

Dedicated to the motor racing legend Enzo Ferrari, the 5,000m² scheme with its yellow, car bonnet-like roof rises over the house where the driving star was born in 1898.

The museum’s opening comes three years after Czech-born Jan Kaplicky died in 2009.



The architect’s view

The complex comprises the house itself, which has been preserved together with the original workshop, and a new, ultra-modern building: an aluminum ‘bonnet’ painted yellow, the colour featured in the city of Modena’s coat-of-arms and chosen by Enzo Ferrari as the backdrop for the ‘Cavallino’, the logo of the company named after him.

Inside the house is a very striking, permanent multimedia itinerary covering the most significant events in his life. A life marked by passion and creativity, research and innovation, courage and challenges, the key words that have created a legend that has made Modena and Maranello capitals of a dream come true. The story of Emilia Romagna’s Motor Valley told through historical documents, items and unpublished audio-video material.

Stars of the exhibition staged in the new gallery are cars presented as if works of art – cars produced by famous Italian brands that are the pride of prestigious international collections and museums.

In addition to the exhibition area, the museum includes a classroom featuring a digital documentation centre, a conference room, a small film projection room, a shop and coffee bar. The museum will be open 365 days a year.

Engineering, project management and works management were carried out by Politecnica.


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