Friday, 6 June 2014

MAXXI, Rome. Zaha Hadid, 1998 - 2009


In 1998, Italian Ministry of Culture held an international competition for a new museum of modern art and architecture in Rome; 273 entrants submit a proposal for it.


Three months was the deadline for the shortlist. The site had been chosen a year earlier, in Flamino; a district that had become lost in time. The jury´s deliberation was spread delayed until 1999, when they decided that the winning design was Zaha Hadid's contorted futuristic form. The Project was inaugurated in 2010.


Zaha Hadid intended ‘a new fluid kind of spatiality of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry, designed to embody the chaotic fluidity of modern life’.

Although the programme is clear and organized in plan, as one passes across the spaces, one perceives the flexibility of use.


The main elements of the Project can be seen even from outside: concrete curved walls, suspended black staircases, or open ceilings that allow the catching natural light to stream through.

Elena Lozano Castillo

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting that you wrote about the process through which Zaha HAdid was chosen. What you don't mention is if there was any controversy. Perhaps you should say if there was or not, as it is unusual for something to take such a long time. I like the description of the building too. And I think that balancing what brought the building about and the short description makes for a much more interesting piece than simply a description of this iconic building. Great, well done.

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