A visit to Rome is all about architecture, the ancient ruins at the Roman and Imperial For, the churches, the fountains and the palaces. Rightly so modern architecture has been kept out of the old town to preserve its aesthetic appeal. However, if you’re a fan of more modern architecture you can go a bit further out in Rome to enjoy some more modern wonders of Rome.
Renzo Piano’s Auditorium
The Olympic Village in the Parioli area has views down across the city and from here you can see the Auditorium of Renzo Piano in its full glory. The building looks like a collection of three large scarab beetle. Each houses a concert hall surrounding a semi-circle shaped open-air theatre. The building actually uses traditional materials, the same travertine and brickwork that make up many of the buildings in the old town, but here they bring together music and its audience in a more contemporary setting.
The MAXXI is the National Museum for the Arts in the Flaminio district. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid, the first woman to be presented with the Pritzker Award. The development is described as a delta with various rivers, eight longitudinal volumes, interwoven and shaped as loops with large radiuses of curvature, running through an area of 30,000sqm. Not something you can visualise but once you’re looking at it, you will stand in awe for a long time taking in this architectural masterpiece.
The EUR, Esposizione Universale di Roma, was built for an exposition in 1942 which never took place due to the war. However the original buildings still stand, with new ones added regularly, and the location has become a fixture in modern Rome. Among them are the Square Colosseum, the Cloud, and the new Congress Centre designed by Massimiliano Fuksas.