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Contemporary Arts Centre ‘MAXXI’ in Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects (UK)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 21.12.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

This was her latest coup and it was as loud as we expectetd it to be. Close to the historical center of the antique world’s capital the London based Zaha Hadid Architects realised the new Contemporary Arts Centre – ‘MAXXI’.

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

“The MAXXI relates with the urban context within which it is set by renewing the horizontal development of the former military barracks. The geometrical plan of the project aligns itself with the two urban grids that regulate the town planning structure of the area and the new interpretation of these two geometrical plans within the proposal generates the surprising geometrical complexity of the campus. The two urban grids are mediated by sinuous lines that harmonise the plan and facilitate the flow within the site. The pedestrian walkway that crosses the campus is open to the public and has been reinstated after approximately 100 years of being blocked by the barracks. This walkway follows the soft outline of the museum, sliding below the upper level galleries towards Via Masaccio. The interior of the MAXXI can be seen by visitors and pedestrians through the numerous openings in the MAXXI’s curvilinear walls that on the one hand, protect its contents, yet beckon the visitor through the broad glazed surface on the ground floor.”

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

“The main concept of the project is directly linked to the purpose of the building as a centre for the exhibition of visual arts. The walls that cross the space, and their intersections, defines interior and exterior spaces of the MAXXI. This system acts on all three levels of the building, the second of which is the more complex – with a wealth of connections with various bridges that link buildings and galleries. The visitor is invited to enter into a series of continuous spaces, rather than the compact volume of an isolated building.”

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

“The interior spaces, defined by the exhibition walls, are covered by a glass roof that flood the galleries with natural light filtered by the louvered lines of the roofing beams. These beams underline the linearity of the spatial system, aid in articulating the various orientations of the galleries and facilitate circulation through the museum and campus.”

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

Contemporary Arts Centre “MAXXI” Rome, photo by Hélène Binet

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects

Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect: Gianluca Racana

Client: Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
Minister Sandro Bondi
Fondazione MAXXI
President Pio Baldi
Director MAXXI architecture Margherita Guccione
Director MAXXI art Anna Mattirolo

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