In light of the sudden death of Dame Zaha Hadid, this edition of Inside* will feature her 2009 masterpiece, the MAXXI Museum in Rome. A sweeping statement in an archaic city. Located on the site of the old Montello Barracks, the building houses the MAXXI Arte and MAXXI Architecture institutions.
Along with these two museums, the building consists of a library, labs, temporary galleries cafeterias among other public amenities. Both museums are built around a central full-height space that sweeps across the entire site. The most noticeable feature are the heavy concrete walls capped by a large transparent skylight that covers most of the building.
The continues circulation spine is punctuated by interconnecting stairs and bridges that appear to jot out from point A to B.
Perhaps the most striking feature is the light shelf fins that run the entire length of the roof. The roof system is made up of composite frames that were designed to filter light down down to the gallery. They comprise of fixed and mobile panels that provide curatorial flexibility an control the internal environment.