MAXXI museum of national arts




Rome municipality


Zaha Hadid Architects

The Project

With the MAXXI project, the idea of the building-museum is overtaken. The complexity of the volumes, the curved walls, the changing and intertwining of the dimensions determine a very articulated spatial and functional texture that visitors can cross following different and unexpected paths.

The project addresses the issue of its urban context by maintaining an indissoluble relationship with the former barracks, trying to give continuity to an urban fabric characterized by lower buildings if compared to the high blocks surrounding the site. In this way, the Centre looks more like an “urban graft”, a second skin.

The Campus thus becomes a world in which to dive in. Rather than around key points, the project is organized and oriented on the basis of directional flows and density distribution. All this underlines its general character: porous, immersive, an open space.

Multiple environments coexist in a sequence of galleries illuminated by natural light filtered by a particular roofing system. The large, up-to-ceiling lobby hosts the reception services and introduces the auditorium, the galleries for permanent collections, the exhibitions and spaces dedicated to the café and bookshop.

Ton. 6,500 Metal Steel Structures

Mq. 11,500 glazed surfaces skylights and GFRC