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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE XXI CENTURY ARTS (MAXXI MUSEUM), Rome, Italy

The MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts is a national museum

dedicated to contemporary creativity, located in the Flaminio neighbourhood of Rome,

Italy, in the area of the former Montello military barracks. It is managed by a foundation

created by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. The complex houses

two institutions: MAXXI Arte (Director Anna Mattirolo) and MAXXI Architecture (Director

Margherita Guccione), aiming to promote art and architecture through collection,

conservation, study and exhibition of contemporary works. In addition to the two

museums the MAXXI includes an auditorium, library and media library, bookshop and

cafeteria, spaces for temporary exhibitions, outdoor spaces, live events and commercial

activities, laboratories, and places for study and leisure.

As of today, over 300 works are part of the MAXXI Art collection, including those

of Boetti, Clemente, Kapoor, Kentridge, Merz, Penone, Pintaldi, Richter, Warhol and

many others. MAXXI Architecture includes the files of the designs of Carlo Scarpa, Aldo

Rossi, Pierluigi Nervi and others, as well as the projects of contemporary authors such

Photo by Helen Binet

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as Toyo Ito, Italo Rota and Giancarlo

De Carlo, and photography

collections of the projects Italian

Atlas and Author’s Site.

Project facts:

 Dimensions

 Total site area: 29,000 m
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 Exterior spaces: 19,640 m
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 Interior spaces: 21,200 m
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 Exhibition spaces: 10,000 m
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 Facilities (auditorium, library and media center, coffee shop, restaurant, admin.):

6,000 m
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 MAXXI Arte: 4,077 m
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 MAXXI Architecture: 1,935 m
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 Maximum height: 22.90 m

 Cost: EUR 150 Million

 Visitors forecast: between 200,000 and 400,000 per year
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Architectural Analysis

The Maxxi Museum materialized the concept of the confluence of lines, where

the primary force of the site is the walls that constantly intersect and separate to create

both indoor and outdoor spaces. It’s no longer just a museum, but an urban cultural

centre where a dense texture of interior and exterior spaces have been intertwined and

superimposed over one another. It’s a mixture of galleries, irrigating a large urban field

with linear display surfaces.


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From Zaha Hadid Architects - MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome,,

http://www.archinnovations.com, 2009

Aerial view of Maxxi Museum

Photo by Iwan Baan

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INTERTWINED

BRIDGES WHICH IS

THE HIGHLIGHT OF

THE INTERIOR

OPEN BELOW

ALLOWING

NATURAL LIGHT

GLAZING AND

STRUCTURAL RIBS THAT

FILTERS LIGHT

ALSO SERVES AS VIEWING DECK

Source: http://www.archinnovations.com

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Two principle architectural elements characterize the project: the concrete walls

that define the exhibition galleries and determine the interweaving of volumes; and the

transparent roof that modulates natural light. The roofing system complies with the

highest standards required for museums and is composed of integrated frames and

louvers with devices for filtering sunlight, artificial light and environmental control.
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The sections of the building as compared to the floor plans are also irregular in

configuration. The Main Lobby has a high ceiling with piles of beam supporting the glass

roof on the top. Underneath the beams are bottom rails in which some displays are


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From Zaha Hadid Architects - MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome,,

http://www.archinnovations.com, 2009

Cross section of Maxxi Museum main lobby, Source: http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk; modified by Zeus Salvo

COOL AIR ENTERS

WARM AIR EXITS

THROUGH THE

VOIDS

SUNLIGHT IS

BEING FILTERED

Maxxi Museum interior, Photo by Iwan Baan

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