A few days ago, while updating the The Free Architecture Guide of Rome, something drew my attention, there were barely no new buildings after the 1960s. So I went through every single building of the map to check my suspicion and that was it, no major constructions in nearly 40 years! I wondered if it had to do with the urban space available or if it’s just difficult to build anything amazing compared to the ancient monuments of the city (the codes in Italy are very restrictive by the way). However, the Italian capital has experienced some changes in the last ten years (with some controversy of course) and this is what contemporary architecture looks like in Rome, have a look!
What are your thoughts about these buildings?
1. Ara Pacis Museum
Architect: Richard Meier
Location: Lungotevere in Augusta
Facade Description: This museum on the bank of the Tiber River has been designed as a renewed setting for the Ara Pacis, a sacrificial altar dating to 9 B.C. The structure consists of a long, single-story glazed loggia elevated above a shallow podium providing a transparent barrier between the embankment of the Tiber and the existing circular perimeter of the mausoleum of Augustus (28 B.C.) Read more here.
2. MAXXI Museum
Architect: Zaha Hadid
Location: Via Guido Reni, 4A
Facade Description: The Museum of Arts of the XXI century took ten years to get built. As declared by the architect, the museum is ‘not a object-container, but rather a campus for art’, where flows and pathways overlap and connect in order to create a dynamic and interactive space which brought out the question if the concept of de-constructed fluidity matched with the identity of a “static” city as Rome, and with its classical heritage. Read more here.
3. Auditorium Parco della Musica
Architect: Renzo Piano
Location: Viale Pietro De Coubertin, 30
Facade Description: The Parco della Musica is a new centre for classical music comprising three separate concert halls, as well as an open-air amphitheatre. The three halls are grouped in a semi-circle, their positions to some extent determined by the discovery, during early excavations, of a roman villa on the site and the wish to incorporate its display within the music centre. Read more here.
4. Eurosky Tower
Architect: Franco Purini
Location: Viale Giorgio Ribotta, 21
Facade Description: Built as the first skyscraper in Rome and one of the highest residential towers in Italy. Its shape and form may be shocking but it’s true that it is equipped with the latest technology solutions. (Ugly but sustainable?). Read more here.
5. Europarco Tower
Architect: Studio Transit
Location: Viale Giorgio Ribotta + Viale Oceano Pacifico
Facade Description: It is the tallest building in the city and it has 120 metres and 30 floors. The tower, designed to accommodate offices, is constituted by a prism made of coated glass and aluminum vertical shading elements and cells. Read more here.
6. New Triburtina Station
Architect: Paolo Desideri (ABDR Architetti Associati)
Location: Piazzale della Stazione Tiburtina
Facade Description: The Tiburtina station has grown to become one of Rome’s principle public transportation interchange points, housing a B line metro stop beneath it and a major national and international bus terminal adjacent to it. The construction of the new station will also provide room for the creation of new parks, green areas , roads, plazas, commercial and office space. Read more here.
7. Eataly Center, Rome
Architect: Julio Lafuente and Giulio San Rocchi
Year: 1990-2012 (restoration)
Location: Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 (Ostiense Air Terminal)
Facade Description: After years of non-use and abandonment, the Air Terminal Ostiense, built for the World Cup in 1990, returned to life with Eataly, the site par excellence of Italian culinary products. So this isn’t technically a “new” building although the interiors have been completely redesigned by architect Stefano Boeri. Read more here.
8.Parrocchia Dio Padre Misericordioso
Architect: Richard Meier
Location: Largo Terzo millennio, 8
Facade Description: Is is the first realized work of the American architect in the Italian capital, followed by the Ara Pacis Museum. The Vicariato of Rome (diocese of Rome’s Bishop, the Pope) committed this work to show and highlight the basic role that architecture plays in holy and religious spaces, and to demonstrate that the connection with contemporary architecture is the key to improve quality of life in suburban areas. Read more here.
9. EUR New Congress Centre
Year: 2014 (expected)
Location: via Cristoforo Colombo, viale Europa, viale Asia e viale Shakespeare
Facade Description: Fuksas’ project is the response to a competition held in 1998 by the Council of Rome to reinforce the international image of the Italian capital in the panorama of congress and international meetings. It is still under construction. Read more here.
If you want to learn more about Rome’s Architecture have a look to The Free Architecture Guide of Rome or click on the map below.