Maxxi Museum, Rome

You must be wondering how is a Zaha Hadid building on a minimalist blog? How can it be considered a minimal design? I will be sharing my perspective about how this deconstructive building is truly minimalist in its essence.

The concept behind the building was deconstructed fluidity. Maxxi has a contemporary identity in this historical city of Italy. The museum has a healthy dialogue with its context – city of Rome which is static and classical.

Each of the frames below proves the minimal aesthetics behind this DE constructivist architecture. Minimalism was never about cubism or geometrical shapes.  The minimal panoramic  facade is disrupted by large glass openings with subtle frames and recessions to create an arrival space. The curved walls of the museum are smooth and seamless. Despite being a museum, due importance is given to natural lighting by the use of thin concrete beams and glass covering on the ceiling.  The concrete beams and the staircases in the space adds to the concept of fluidity and at the same time they are reduced to the necessary.


With the use of only three colors – concrete grey, black and white not only makes the space minimal but also serves the purpose of a museum where the display is the focus.




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