The Bramante Nymphaeum is a unique architecture by Donato Bramante, built at the beginning of the fifteenth century by the Colonna family in Genazzano, near Rome.
It was the main element of a big garden, with lakes and a small river, realized on the hillside next to the main door of the town. It has been abandoned soon after its completion and the lack of sources led to many misunderstandings about its origin and function. After a few decades of debates and studies, nowadays the attribution to Bramante is unanimous.
Participants of this competition are asked to reuse this space as a theater and a park.

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Nymphaeum brief history

Ancient times

Despite the impossibility of a certain archeological attribution, the basin inside the octagonal space probably dates back to roman times.


During Reinassance, Donato Bramante integrated these existing elements in the Nymphaeum, creating a materpiece of proportion and elegance.


It has been abandoned soon after its completion and the lack of sources led to many misunderstandings about its origin and function.

What's next?

The future is up to you. Great ideas can be substantial to drive the reuse process towards a new life for the Nymphaeum

A comprehensive set of informations can be found in the historical report in the participation kit.

Architecture program

The participant must conceive the building and the area as a theatre and space for cultural events

The theater must have a capacity of at least 100 people and it must be usable both on sunny and rainy days

The participant must conceive the whole project area as a garden/park with furnitures and facilities. Size and types of facilities are discretionary, except for restrooms which are compulsory

Evaluation criteria

A – Design quality on territorial scale

capacity of the proposed design to achieve a central role for the Nymphaeum at the territorial scale, thus including the relationship with the garden and the


B – Architectonical quality and relationship with the existence

capacity of the proposed design to relate with the ruin at the Architectural
scale, accuracy in the method and in the conception of the monumental role of the renovation project.


C – Adherence to the requested principles

compliance with the prescribed functions and objectives, and evaluation of the capacity of the design to bring the citizenry together.


Honorable entry

Each jury member will choose 3 honorable entries, which will receive 5 additional points to the total score.

5additional points


1st • 2500€

2nd • 1000€

3rd • 500€

1st • 2500€

2nd • 1000€

3rd • 500€

+ 10 Honorable Mentions + Special Mentions for Innovative Proposal


Once registered, each participant will access to:

Dossier 4 – Reuse the Lake Chapel full ebook.

Reuse Italy’s Dossier n. 4 – Reuse the Lake Chapel is a collection of the first 50 projects of the competition, together with articles and analyses to frame the cultural event into the history of that heritage and look towards possible futures.

As you scroll through the projects, you can see the endless possibilities to reuse and bring back life inside those fascinating ancient objects.

Submission rules

1 x A1 sheet

841 x 594 mm or 23.4 x 33.1 inches

Required contents:

Masterplan of the proosal

Photo match of the proposal into the existing building

Text that explains the design idea, no specific length required

Any other element or composition on your choice