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Open House Rome
12-13 May 2018

The cultural association Open City Roma is delighted to present the fifth edition of Open House Roma, which will celebrate the architecture and design of Rome. Rome is a world-class city that is celebrated and visited for its established architecture, monuments and culture, and for one weekend the public is invited to explore its best architecture with a particular focus on contemporary design.

Open House Rome 2018 will showcase 150 sites that will be opened in seven main areas of the city: the Historical Centre; the Parioli and Flaminio neighborhoods, where the new Zaha Hadid museum MAXXI is located; the Nomentano-Pietralata area, where a major reshaping of the urban landscape is currently ongoing, a great example is the MACRO museum with the restoration of the old block of the Peroni brewery designed by the french architect Odile Decq; the Esquilino-San Lorenzo, multiethnic and dynamic area, the Appio-San Giovanni, where archeological sites and new buildings are mixed together, the EUR-Corviale district, home to some of the best 20th century buildings, and finally Monteverde-Ostiense, one of the most active area in term of maker spaces, night life and contemporary infill.

The event will feature a balanced mix of large and small scale ancient and contemporary architectures, spanning over the millenarian history of the city of Rome.

Open House Rome 2017 highlights included tours to some of the new iconic buildings in Rome: on the construction site of 'The Cloud' - the new Congress Centre by Massimiliano Fuksas, the Tiburtina railway station - guided by architect Paolo Desideri from ABDR who completed it in 2011. The archeological sites Porticus Aemilia and Vicus Capriarius were also opened to the public for the first time after their restoration; will be also accessible some of the more fascinating renaissance and baroque buildings in Rome, as Villa Farnesina and Palazzo Barberini. The program will include a number of architectures from the rationalist period, as the monumental buildings of EUR, designed to host the 1942 world exhibition that never took place because of WWII.

The event follows the established Open House format of free access for all, with talks, tours, special events and experts at the buildings. The 2018 guide will be available with full details of buildings and events in early April.

Image: MACRO MUSEUM, Rome. Photo credit: Luigi Filetici.

Open House Rome website


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