21st century architecture in Italy's historical capital is not what you would expect to see, but check out some of the buildings leading the way into Rome's contemporary culture.
Rome’s southern EUR neighbourhood may be best known for its gleaming Fascist architecture and Neoclassical structures, but it’s also home to ambitious contemporary buildings such as La Nuvola, Rome’s newest convention centre. Designed by Italian starchitect Massimilano Fuksas, ‘The Cloud’ is an impressive multifunctional space that comprises a suspended and aerodynamic cocoon-like structure that resides within a linear steel and glass encasing, affording views onto the Cloud inside. The building was designed to host large-scale events and conferences and contains a number of auditoriums and conference rooms that can seat up to 8,000 guests: the resounding philosophy of the structure is flexibility and interchangeable structures so conference rooms can be adapted depending on each event. The Nuvola complex also contains a 439-room hotel and two squares where the public can enjoy leisure activities. Visits can be booked online through
Zaha Hadid’s angular masterpiece, MAXXI – Italy’s National Museum of 21st Century Arts – is a main draw for art aficionados in the city: the building’s avant-garde design provides a stark contrast to the city’s ancient heritage.
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Designed by French architect Odile Decq, Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art is housed within a refurbished Peroni beer factory, providing ample room to showcase a number of intriguing exhibitions within its industrial walls.
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Auditorium Parco della Musica
This scarab-shaped complex, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, contains three large concert halls and an outdoor amphitheatre. It hosts cultural events, shows, and the Rome Film Fest each year.
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