Alcune fasi di cantiere, che evidenziano le strutture realizzate in legno lamellare. Stages in the building work highlighting the structures made of laminated wood.
orn after a long and painful labor due to bureaucratic, cultural and even political trials and tribulations, the new Rome Auditorium represents a great opportunity for a long overdue urban renewal. Like so many other Italian cities, Rome suffers from its inability to move beyond its own magnificent, yet cumbersome past. Institutions, politicians and administrators, do not seem to understand that a city is a complex organism and as such must renew itself to avoid devastating necroses. Even more than the building materials themselves, the Auditorium has been shaped by a foundation of ferocious controversy, endless debates and anything else that might affect, for better or worse, a structure long-awaited by most and doggedly opposed by a few powerful individuals. To defend his project from the flood of criticisms surrounding it, Piano had to bend over backwards and sometimes even resort to reckless metaphors to defend his ideas. For example, to convince the most skeptical, he called the halls “sound boxes”, and he justified the lead covering on the roofs as being dictated by all the Renaissance domes of the Rome cityscape — as if new architecture had to constantly camouflage itself to fit in with existing architecture to avoid imposing its identity too strongly. But not everything went as planned, and a few casualties were left on the battlefield. Indeed Piano was not free to act with his usual lightness and had to concede to some heavy Roman architectural characteristics in the form of ample walls and travertine strips, for the sake of an historicism that simply won’t go away. However, Piano adopted a thoughtful and deliberate layout for the three music halls, which he separated into three separate constructions, rather than as an integral part of a single building. The result is a construction that is more flexible in
Published on Apr 30, 2003
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