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Ideas contest for Verona Arena roof begins

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The City of Verona has launched an ideas competition for a new openable roof over its iconic Roman amphitheater

The competition seeks minimal and ‘fully reversible’ proposals for the structure which must conserve the historic landmark.

Constructed in AD30, the venue – known locally as the Arena di Verona – was built for 30,000 spectators but fell into ruin after the fall of the Roman Empire.

During the Renaissance the partially-ruined building was reopened for theatrical performances and it now hosts between four and six operatic productions every year.

High-profile acts to perform in the venue include Pink Floyd, One Direction, Kiss, The Who, Dire Straits, Jamiroquai, Radiohead and Deep Purple.

The project will improve usability by allowing performances to continue during adverse weather while also boosting conservation of the historic structure.

Proposals must respect the existing building and surrounding area and include a supporting technical feasibility study and economic appraisal.

The winning team will receive a £31,500 top prize and a second place prize of £15,700 and third place prize worth around £7,800 are also available.

Entries may be in English or Italian and the deadline for submitting projects is midnight on 9 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Directorate Construction Monumental
City of Verona
Piazza Bra 1
Verona 37121

Tel: +39 0458077429/7015
Email: edilizia.monumentale@pec.comune.verona.it
Fax: +39 0458066502



Source: Image by Christian Abend

Verona Arena

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