rome: maxxi museum opening

© zaha hadid architects / photography: joachim baan

you in rome? then mark sun - may 30 in your calendar. we're talking the long-awaited opening of maxxi, the spectacular national museum of 21st century arts. it's dedicated to both architecture and art, and is designed by zaha hadid architects. the london-based practice won an international competition staged by the italian ministry of culture back in 1998. the project was frequently halted due to funding issues and has seen no less than six government changes. maxxi is located on a site in a northern part of town, previously occupied by a car factory and subsequently by army barracks. these were later transformed into the museum's first site. the fascinating design of the concrete and glass-roofed building consists of intersecting and intertwining layers and also addresses the question of its urban context by maintaining an indexicality to these former army barracks. the building features strikingly long winding walls that seemingly transform into ceilings and floors. they allow not only the interior to be exhibited on, but also on the exterior when desired. maxxi opens with four inaugural exhibitions, including spazio. this show focuses on the spirit of the institute and will be the first presentation of the museum's art and architecture collections. another notable one is luigi moretti architetto. from rationalism to informalism, an exhibition dedicated to one of italy's protagonists of 20th century architectural culture, one of the key points of the museum’s mission. location: via guido reni 4a [flaminio].

© zaha hadid architects / photography: joachim baan