Dilapidated beauty

Built for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome this building was designed by architect Annibale Vitellozzi. The arena is constructed with a ribbed¬†concrete¬†shell dome 61m in diameter, itself constructed of 1620 prefabricated concrete pieces,¬†braced by concrete¬†flying buttresses. As much of the structure was prefabricated, so that the dome was erected in 40 days. To me […]

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This is first building Zaha Hadid’s studio built in Rome. It is also the first national museum of architecture to be established in Italy. Having an architectural background I cannot look at buildings other than subjectively. I must admit that I look at Hadid’s buildings with a particular critical eye than I would normally do, […]

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