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 The story of Emilia Romagna’s Motor Valley told through historical documents, items and unpublished audio-video material.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.