When visiting Rome, it is worth not only seeing the famous sights such as the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica, but also taking a look at the buildings that make up the heritage of modern Rome. Here, we present to you the less well known, the modern side of the Italian capital, which was created by Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano and Richard Meier.
Maxxi – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts
The newest building from the famous architect – Zaha Hadid. It is located in the Flamino district on the outskirts of the historic centre of Rome. It took 10 years to complete and was opened in 2010, winning the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year.
In front of the main entrance there is a large sculpture designed by Gino De Deminicis showing a human skeleton. The collection of the museum also includes works by Alighiero Boetti, William Kentridge, Anish Kapoor, Stefano Arienti, Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi.
Auditorium Parco della Musica
This multi-functional music complex consists of 3 large performance halls clustered around an inner courtyard, which is an amphitheatre. The largest of the halls – Sta Cecilia can accommodate over 2,5 thousand spectators. The amphitheatre has a capacity of 5,000.
The performance spaces are located inside characteristic beetle-like forms hovering above the other rooms of the complex. ‘Beetles’ are covered with tin, interlocking plates on the laminated timber structure.
Parco della Musica was formally opened on 21st of December 2002 and in a few years it became the world’s most popular music venue with over one million spectators in one year. It was deigned by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Opened in 2006 after 7 years of construction – Museum of the Altar Peace is one of the most controversial buildings in Rome. It became the subject of a political debate, one of the candidates (who eventually won the elections) even argued for its demolition.
It was designed by the famous American architect – Richard Meier.
The Jubilee Church
Another design from Richard Meier, the church is formally known as Dio Padre Misericordiosso and it was built during 1998-2003.
The southern side of the church features three large curved walls made out of pre-cast concrete. This helps to control the temperature variation inside of the church and a more efficient use of energy.
Palazzetto dello Sport
This is a unique example of the interplay of beautiful construction and architecture. It was designed by a leading European architect – Pier Luigi Nervi.
The dominating element is a construction made out of Y-shaped concrete supports, which carry the husk vaulting over the pitch.
It was built on the northern outskirts of Rome in the years 1958-60.