Sports car manufacturer Lamborghini has launched an open international design competition for a pair of £38,000 monuments outside its headquarters in Italy
The contest seeks proposals for two stand-alone structures for the centre of two roundabouts outside the firm’s Automobili Lamborghini plant near Bologna in northern Italy.
The landmarks coincide with the launch of Lamborghini’s new Urus sports utility vehicle and the enlargement of its historic Sant’Agata Bolognese base.
According to the brief: ‘Designers will have to materialise and show, through an astonishing and roaring design, the genuine DNA of Automobili Lamborghini, creating an architecture aimed at becoming internationally renowned.
‘Through these architectural landmarks, visitors will have to feel as if they are approaching a “sacred” land. The installations will not be simple accesses but contemporary Pillars of Hercules, a boundary between the known world and the world of the dreams, an irreversible sign of the shift from ordinary life to legend.’
The company, founded by Italian manufacturing magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963 though now owned by Volkswagen through its Audi subsidiary, is renowned for its high-performance motorcycles and sports cars such as the Diablo and Countach. The Urus, named after an extinct type of wild cattle, will feature a top speed of 329kph and will go on sale in 2018.
The sculptures will be erected at the north-west access to the Lamborghini plant – at the junction of SP255 and Via Malmenago – and at the south-east access to the plant at the junction of SP255 and Via Pettarella (pictured).
Proposals must draw their inspiration from the car-maker’s brand and be suitable for a 6x6m foundation plinth which is 1m deep. Schemes must not be hanging or connected to any structure outside the plinth; they should be environmentally friendly, easy to maintain and not include any water features.
The proposed structures, including any lighting scheme, must also be safe for drivers and not distracting. Participating teams must furthermore feature at least one member aged between 18 and 35.
Judges include Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects, Yama Karim from Studio Libeskind, Nicola Scaranaro of Foster + Partners and Automobili Lamborghini chief executive Stefano Domenicali.
The winning team – set to be announced on 21 November – will receive around £10,000 and see its designs constructed. There will also be a second prize of £3,350, third prize of £1,600 and two gold mentions worth £840 each.
The contest has been organised by Young Architects Competitions, the competition language is English, and the deadline for registration is 31 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information