• One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo

Visit MAXXI, Rome



The project was first announced in 2000 and took over 10 years to complete, during which time there have been six changes of national government in Italy.

The design of Zaha Hadid was the winner of an international design competition. The site of the new museum was that of a disused military compound, the former Caserma Montello. The competition proposal by Zaha Hadid envisaged the construction of five new structures, only one of which has been actually built.

The art installation and the opening of MAXXI, in 2010, were photographed by Simone Cecchetti, who was chosen from national photography competition.

The Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) 2010 Stirling Prize for architecture has been awarded to MAXXI. In its 15th year, the award is presented annually for the best new European building, built or designed in Britain, judged to have made the greatest contribution to the evolution of British architecture.