It took 12 years from the international competition sponsored by the Italian government in 1998 to design a building in Rome for contemporary artworks, to the spring of 2010 when the first visitors entered MAXXI
, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts.
By contrast, MAXXI
is perhaps a more predictable heavyweight winner, having also scooped the Stirling Prize in October, but that should not detract from its architectural achievement.
The $223 million MAXXI
is built on the site of a former army barracks, a faE*ade of which is still visible.
Examples include the Great Mosque by Paolo Portoghesi, Vittorio Gigliotti, and Sami Mousawi, inaugurated in 1995; Renzo Piano's Auditorium Parco della Musica, inaugurated in 2002; Richard Meier's Museo dell'Ara Pacis, inaugurated in 2006; the MAXXI
, the new national exhibition center for contemporary art and architecture, designed by Zaha Hadid and inaugurated in 2009; the MACRO , with two locations--one of which is housed in a converted industrial complex and was inaugurated in 1999 (the other, designed by Odile Dencq, is still under construction); the new convention center La Nuvola, designed by Massimilano Fuksas.
The partnership between Alcantara and MAXXI
involves the communication research center Fabrica and Studio Minale-Maeda, who were asked to design an exhibit intended to trigger a multi-sensory experience using Alcantara material.
Los Angeles hosts 'Cinema Vezzoli'; Rome's MAXXI
museum is converted into the 'Galleria Vezzoli'; and MoMA PS 1 welcomes 'The Church of Vezzoli' into its courtyard (various dates, 2013-14).
These include the Guangzhou Opera House in China (2010); the MAXXI
- National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome (2010); the London Aquatic Centre (2011); Pierresvives , Montpellier, France (2012) -- all of which can be viewed in our picture gallery below.
Rome has confirmed its traditional calling for cultural tourism: new facilities, such as Ara Pacis Museum, the Park of Music and MAXXI
Museum of the Arts of the 21st Century have drawn the extensive attention of the mass-media.
Architects from the USA are invited to follow in the footsteps of last year's World Building of the Year winner, Zaha Hadid Architects MAXXI
, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, and submit entries to find the best examples of new world architecture.
THOSE who have long memories and care about things architectural will have seen our ex-architect of that infamous Cardiff Opera House, Zaha Hadid, recently scoop the very prestigious Stirling Prize for Architecture for the MAXXI
project in Rome.
Fresh from winning the Stirling Prize for Rome's MAXXI
(AR July 2010), Zaha Hadid emerged as the unlikely saviour of school design as she welcomed the press to the Evelyn Grace Academy.
Although none of the city's new buildings were shortlisted for RIBA's top Stirling Prize - which goes to the overall building of the year - the canal link was honoured alongside this year's Stirling winner, the MAXXI
art gallery in Rome.