The long-awaited opening of the Casa Museo Enzo Ferrari di Modena (Enzo Ferrari House Museum), museum complex which aims to celebrate the world of motor-racing and tells the story of a man who not only became a famous built racing cars.
This year March 10 marks the long-awaited opening of the Casa Museo Enzo Ferrari di Modena (Enzo Ferrari House Museum), a museum complex which aims to celebrate the world of motor-racing and tells the story of a man who not only became a famous personality, but also drove and built racing cars. The museum has been created by restoring the house in Modena where Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898. Not only has the residential part of the building survived intact but also the workshop. Then, in a purpose-built, state-of-the art building, we can see the famous yellow aluminum roof imitating the hood of a car. The color yellow has always been associated with the city of Modena and was chosen by Enzo Ferrari as the background for the “Cavallino” (the Prancing Horse), the trade-mark of the company that bears his name. The book describes the process which led to the building of the new museum: the special competition that was mounted, with 8 architects of international standing being invited to enter. The company that won the project was the British architects firm Future Systems, owned by Jan Kaplicky; the man in charge of the building project until its completion was Andrea Morante. The book looks at the relations with the foundation commissioning the work, from technological and structural matters to the executive problems, and the background that has resulted in the museum becoming a new symbol for the city of Modena. A monument to the dialog between past and present, enthusiasm and creativeness, research and innovation, courage and challenge; the museum, identified by the quirky automotive profile of its roof, confirms its identity, associating the daring of its architectural design with the age-old fascination of the dream-cars that it has been created to preserve.