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1998 – 2009
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Design - Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect - Gianluca Racana
Site Supervision Team - Anja Simons, Paolo Matteuzzi, Mario Mattia
Design Team - Anja Simons, Paolo Matteuzzi, Fabio Ceci, Mario Mattia, Maurizio Meossi, Paolo Zilli, Luca Peralta, Maria Velceva, Matteo Grimaldi, Ana M.Cajiao, Barbara Pfenningstorff, Dillon Lin, Kenneth Bostock, Raza Zahid, Lars Teichmann, Adriano De Gioannis, Amin Taha, Caroline Voet, Gianluca Ruggeri, Luca Segarelli
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Italian Ministry of Culture, Rome, Italy Fondazione MAXXI
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Anthony Hunt Associates (London, UK), OK Design Group (Rome, Italy), Studio S.P.C. (Rome, Italy)
Equation Lighting (London, UK)
Paul Gilleron Acoustic (London, UK)
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January 06th, 2017
MAXXI Museum Change this
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The MAXXI Museum is contemporary art and architecture museum built in Rome and designed by Zaha Hadid. The project was initiated by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage in 1998 with a purpose to promote contemporary Italian culture. The museum is intended as a place to exhibit art alongside research workshops researching design, fashion and film. The three keys words which underline the cultural mission are innovation, multiculturalism and interdisciplinary.
The DesignHadid’s concept for the MAXXI was to create a series of buildings that are seen as more than just an object – they collectively become accessible to all patrons. This lead the design to be expressed through a confluence of lines with the walls becoming the intersecting and demarcating lines throughout the structure – forming both indoor and outdoor spaces.
The plan is aligned within two urban grids of the existing town plan in Rome, by reinterpreting this grid a new geometrical complexity is formed on the site. The walls of the building create major and minor streams, with the major lines making up the galleries and the minor lines creating the connections, bridges and thoroughfares.
The L-Shaped site curves around existing buildings which has influenced the final plan by inflating the buildings mass in some areas and twisting it in others. The outcome is a deep intertwining of interior and exterior spaces.