|Auditorio Parco della Musica|
Perhaps you thought that Ancient Rome and the Renaissance were Rome's finest hours, architecturally speaking. I thought I'd check out a more recent candidate: Renzo Piano's Auditorio Parco della Musica, in the Flaminia District.
Renzo Piano has called the place a "cultural factory", which is a great sound bite meant to convey that fact that it is intended to be a centre which encompasses all kinds of art forms, performances and schools. But the main features of the building are the three large circular separated concert halls. I liked the building. It is arranged in a wide sweeping semi-circle which forms firstly an outdoor forum or theatre space; then becomes a long curved foyer connecting the three separate round theatres. I found it understated, functional, light and restrained. When I say 'found it', it did involved a taxi ride out there, and then no taxi ride back. I can report that it is possible to walk from the Parco della Musica to Piazza del Popolo in about 45 minutes. Just in case you ever need to know.
|View of the central forum|
The Parco della Musica is home to the
The main entrances to the park and the underground parking are from Viale Maresciallo Pilsudski and from Via Giulio Gaudini. This gives an important physical and psychological continuity with the Southern and Eastern areas. On this plane, up a gentle rise, stand the three Music Halls; a sequence of large volumes similar to one another, of different sizes, but belonging to the same architectural family. "
|Renzo Piano and the interior I didn't see.|