On a recent visit to Rome I went to the new MAXXI National Museum in Rome, opened in April of 2010 it still had the new smell of a new building .
Following an international design competition 1998 the London-based firm Zaha Hadid Architects won the tender.
Although Zaha Hadid is originally from Baghdad, She has been established in the UK since the 1970s and is recognised worldwide for her contribution to architecture. Some of her best-known buildings include the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany and the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion in Spain. Hadid also designed the aquatics centre for London’s 2012 Olympics. At World Architecture Festival Awards 2010 MAXXI was the winner of World’s Best Culture Building.
All images above by Marketa
Situated a short distance from the centre of Rome it’s easily accessible by either bus or tram. I took the tram which dropped me less than a 2 minute walk from the Museum.
The MAXXI blends in very well between the existing buildings on the street. Inside a large, full height atrium with polished concrete curved walls. A black staircase climbs up through the building, leads you through to the various galleries and the auditorium. I loved the curved slender vertical concrete blades below glazed ceiling. On the ground floor there is a cafeteria and book shop.
I really enjoyed the exhibition on architect on display PIER LUIGI NERVI. MAESTRO COSTRUTTORE. During his long career, Nervi principally realised large structures and was one of the most remarkable “vehicles” of an image of Italy around the world that was both scientific and creative. The exhibition presented an in-depth research into the works created by Nervi for the 1960 Olympic Games. The models and drawings of the various buildings and how large concrete elements we formed I found very interesting.
If in Rome MAXXI is well worth a visit to see the building and its contents.
MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts
via Guido Reni, 4 A00196 Roma
How to reach MAXXI
Metro A stop Flaminio followed by tram number 2 – stop Apollodoro
Bus n. 53, 217, 280, 910
Closed every Monday, 1st May & 25th December
At the time of my visit entry fee was €11 (2011)