Auditorium Parco della Musica: a modern temple by Piano
Our route through Rome contemporary architectures could not fail to include the Auditorium Parco della Musica, by Renzo Piano.
It is the result of an international competition announced in 1993 and won by the Italian architect, who submitted a project for the realization of concert halls and its grounds.
To face such an elaborate project, Piano sought the help of experts in acoustics and of a landscape gardener (Franco Zagari) for the park design.
The Auditorium Parco della Musica effectively consists in three concert halls, that, when seen from the outside, almost look like three big beetles, with a metal plating as their imposing shells. The rest of the space is arranged with testing rooms, recording studios and an outdoor theater that accommodates up to 3000 people.
Its realization has had a troubled history; one example out of many: as it often happens in Rome, excavations brought to the discovery of archeological finds, which made it necessary to revise the design scheme of the various elements that constitute the complex.
The Auditorium Parco della Musica is located in the Flaminio area, not far from MAXXI. Thanks to its creation, the neighborhood broadens its cultural offer, even though Piano’s Auditorium seems to meet less success than Zaha Hadid’s architecture.
The Auditorium Parco della Musica impressively stands out in the surrounding urban context, and maybe does not always connect to it in a clever way; unfortunately, its outdoor spaces fail to find the dynamicity that characterizes the MAXXI ones.