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Design Future System, London
Engineering Politecnica, Modena
construction supervision Ing. Coppi, Modena
Construction CRB, Carpi
Inf. Ferrari SpA, Modena
Waterproofing Drytech Italia, Como
Drytech Tank 5,850 m²
ENZO FERRARI MUSEUM (MEF), MODENA / The museum complex in Modena dedicated to Enzo Ferrari is an engaging tribute to the car legend. The project is also the manifesto of Jan Kaplicky’s architecture: the Czech architect, founder of Future System, a London based architectural firm, who died in 2009 and is universally known for his innovative and imaginative, yet strictly functional design.
The birthplace of Enzo Ferrari was renovated during the work, with the entire ground floor dedicated to the historic engines. A new gallery was also created with the symbolic cars of the Prancing Horse and in which large themed exhibitions are held periodically, such as the one held on Formula 1 historic cars or on design.
The Mef covers a surface area of 6,000 m², of which 4,400 m² are used for exhibitions. The Museum is the shape of a bonnet which emerges from the ground. In the style of Kaplicky, the height is limited to establish a harmonious relationship between the two buildings, without however diminishing the evocative force of the new structure. The exhibition spaces were consequently developed below ground, creating a waterproof structure of 5,850 m² with the Drytech White Tank System.
Access to the museum is through an impressive curved glass wall whose inclined plane is bisected by a series of fins reminiscent of the radiator of a custom-built car. The exhibition spaces are accessed from the hall via two sloping platforms, descending to a depth of 5 metres.
“Spaces defined by eight corners are not necessary, they are not mandatory”. One of the famous phrases of Kaplicky expresses the spirit of the project well and the sinuous lines have been perfectly matched by the flexibility of the Drytech System. The design phase involved an intense collaboration with Drytech Engineering to define waterproofing solutions for the unusual construction details resulting from the particular shape of the level below ground.
The Enzo Ferrari Museum, inaugurated in 2011, “will be a source of pride for the city of Modena, a prestigious building that, in addition to sports car enthusiasts - said Adriana Zini, Director of the Casa Natale di Enzo Ferrari Foundation - will certainly attract architecture enthusiasts from all over the world”.

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