Chiesa Diruta is a catholic church built in Grottole (MT) in the 15th century, in order to host the local community of clergymen and to become one the most important churches of the bishopric. It suffered a lot of damages due to earthquakes, fires and building issues so it was soon abandoned.

Participants of this competitions are asked to reuse this space as a Concert Hall.

Is it possible to bring back to life one of the most important religious buildings of Southern Italy? The answer to this question is in the hands of the architects, the engineers and the students who will participate to this competition.

The competition is closed.
Results to be be released by May 15th.
Exhibition at the beginning of June in Grottole.

Competition Trailer

Navigate inside the Fallen-church with our virtual tour!


2nd • 1000€

1st • 2500€

3rd • 500€

1st • 2500€

2nd • 1000€

3rd • 500€

+ 10 Honorable Mentions + Special Mentions for Innovative Proposal

Competition's Jury

A gift from ARCHICAD!

GRAPHISOFT joined our mission, and it offers a FREE 6 MONTHS version of Archicad (instead of the normal 30 days), to those who participate to our contest! Furthermore, they have prepared the 3D BIM model of the Fallen-church. Have a look at it!

After the subscription to the competition, you’ll receive the instructions to get your free software.


Archipelago x Reuse The Fallen Church. As a means of kick starting each and every project, the ‘Archipelago’ project asks for you to research and share images which combine an unusual location and a musical function. Breaking away from the idea of the ruin we invite participants to investigate how architects and citizens have appropriated uncommon spaces within both the fabric of our urban cities and landscape for music.


How to fill the void of the uncompleted facade?
Is the strategy of “how it was, where it was” the best choice? is a contemporary facade that dialogues with the existing a possible critical solution? Is a provocative solution the best way to highlight some theoretical problems? Hot to preserve the symmetry? What new statue to replace the missing one? Participants of this call are tasked to investigate the controversial issue of the unity of an artwork, letting their imagination run.

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The submitted projects will be displayed on a local exhibition on April 2021 in Grottole (Matera).

The winning proposals and the mentions will be published by ArchDaily, other webzines, and on a book with ISBN.

Do you want to go there for a site inspection? email Wonder Grottole at [email protected]!