Friday, November 13, 2009
Zaha Hadid and Maxxi conquer Rome
Zaha Hadid, one of the world's most famous architect (and equally well known for designing spaces and accessories for Prada, Louis Vuitton, Lacoste and Melissa,) has built a new museum in the heart of old Rome. Her new museum, Maxxi, the national museum of contemporary art, which opens to the public on Saturday for a two-day “architectural preview,” brings this city back to the future and out of its sleepy role of epicenter of antiquity
Many see Rome as a historical encyclopedia - this project brings Rome into the 21st Century. Like Frank Lloyd Wrights Guggenheim built next to the prewar Mansions of New York City's Upper East Side - this project contrasts the structures of the Roman Era and Renaissance even more poignantly. Rome has refused for close to a 100 years to build modern structures in its inner walls - now it has finally surrendered to the Godess of neo-modernism and minimalism. Zaha unapologetically brings the powerful forms of concrete and glass to the city of stone.
Images from the New York Times