zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
 
zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
nov 13, 2009

zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome

yesterday saw the opening of zaha hadid’s MAXXI — national museum of XXI century art located in rome’s flaminio neighborhood. the building which took 10 years to complete was constructed on the site of the former montello military barracks. the official inauguration of the museum will take place in spring 2010.

zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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spanning over 27,000 square meters the complex has been integrated within the urban fabric of the city, to which it offers a new, articulated and ‘permeable’ plaza, wrapped by the spectacular forms. an external pedestrian path follows the shape of the building, slipping below its cantilevered volumes, which opens onto a large plaza.

zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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inside a large, full height atrium leads to the museum’s reception spaces, the cafeteria and the bookshop, the auditorium and galleries that host rotating displays of the two museums’ permanent collections, exhibitions and cultural events. materials such as glass, steel and concrete give the exhibition spaces a neutral appearance, while moveable panels ensure the flexibility of exhibition layouts.

zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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the fundamental character of the architectural and structural project consists in the use of walls as spatial ordering elements. the interiors of the galleries, almost linear, are delimited by couples of parallel walls that follow the building’s longitudinal movement. plasterboard connected with concrete walls creates the technical cavity that contains the museum’s complex mechanical systems.

zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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the roof system is a particularly complex element, in technological and mechanical terms. it integrates exterior glazing, complex light shading devices (blinds, louvers etc) and artificial lighting systems, a system to control temperature and humidity and tracks to hang panels. the vertical blades that characterize the roof system are realized in steel and covered with a finishing material. the glass roof is protected on the exterior by a steel mesh that screens light and ensures easy maintenance. all vertical columns including the columns supporting the cantilevered volumes are constructed in steel.

zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
zaha hadid at the opening
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zaha hadid completes MAXXI museum in rome
zaha hadid
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project info:

 

total surface area: 29 000 sqm
exterior space: 19 640 sqm
interior space: 21 200 sqm
exhibition surface area: 10 000 sqm
services (auditorium, library, media library, cafe, restaurant): 6 000 sqm
MAXXI art: 4 077 sqm
MAXXI architecture: 1 93 sqm
total volume: 113 000 sqm
maximal height: 2 290 m
construction costs: 150 million euro

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  • Awesome design for a building. I love the architecture of the entire thing. Is the building made of solid metal?

    Jimmy
  • OMG. Zaha Hadid, you are the goddess of architecture.

    ohh
  • It is very sad that architecture in Rome has taken such a bad turn. Especially considering its heritage. I do not understand why architects like Meyer and Hadid come to build in Rome and make no effort to integrate their buildings in the fabric of the city. I also agree with what was said earlier. The building is outdated. Looks like a combination between British brutalist communal housing and just about every other shitty oversized museum of the past years.

    clarke
  • It’s interesting for me to try to imagine what Romans thought and said when the Pantheon went up or when the Coliseum was built, or the Baths of Caracalla. Do you suppose there were naysayers?

    Rodger Ewy
  • amazing as usual zaha…! she is just beyond awesome…! i love her…

    Pratz
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