Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia designs a landscape in the landscape of the Emilian Apennines

Cones, annuluses and trapezoids: the Italian studio composes elementary geometries to tell the story of the sports car brand.

The Dallara Academy narrates the story and corporate culture of the well-known racing car brand. Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia has completed a building that carefully fits into the hilly landscape of Varano de Melegari, near Parma, relating with simplicity to specific elements of the territory: a mulberry tree, the profile of the mountains, the agricultural system and the river Ceno.

The volumetric composition follows Dallara’s design process: distinct elements and functions are aggregated but in balance with each other and in harmony with the topography of the place. Femia uses elementary geometric forms – cones, trapezoids, parallelepipeds and annuluses – to distribute three zones: experiential and educational areas, conference rooms and exhibition spaces. The complex is conceived as a place for research, meeting and design, reflecting the excellence of the Italian industry.

“We wanted to draw the landscape within the landscape, introducing a new public space, a catalyst for activities, capable of overturning the perceptive modalities of the area that are, to date, the movement of the cars, their speed and the entertainment”, said Alfonso Femia.

Dallara Academy
Varano de' Melegari
Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia – Alfonso Femia
General coordination:
Simonetta Cenci
Structural engineering:
Redesco Progetti
FOR Engineering Architecture
Safe and security:
Mario Neri
Marco Corazza
Design team:
Lorenza Barabino, Alessandro Bellus, Luca Bonsignorio, Angela Cavallari, Simonetta Cenci, Marco Corazza, Alfonso Femia, Chiara Frumento, Andrea Lucchi, Sara Massa, Enrico Martino, Vera Messana, Michela Scala, Ilaria Sisto, Vincenzo Tripodi
Stefano Cioncoloni, Gaia D’Abrosca, Elena Molfino, Tania Poggi
2,971 sqm

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