The MAXXI Museum, Museum of Arts of the XXI century, in Rome has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and it has opened its gates to receive visitors after 10 years. The architects wanted to make the museum seem spacious and fluid. For that they used architectural elements to contribute to the overall image: the black staircases are suspended and they chose as structural design : an open ceiling to make use of the natural light.
The concrete curved walls render the idea of modernism in architecture. There was a problem concerning the architecture since Rome has a well established, classical architecture some feared that the museum wouldn’t fit into place. But the critics gave a positive response, the museum fitting the urban area in which it can be found.
Natural lighting is made with the use of the open ceiling that has a glass covering and special filtering systems. Thin concrete beams on the ceiling will also be used for art pieces that are going to be suspended because the concrete beams have a bottom rail. At the end of the interior walkway, on the third level ,there is a huge window that offers the view of the city.
The museum is a central point for Rome because it is the first national museum of contemporary art in Italy. It will attract many visitors and its contemporary structure contributes to the renewal of the city. The Flaminio neighbourhood is guided by the same idea-to offer new and fresh perspectives, their latest project being the Auditorium by Renzo Piano.