Zaha Hadid Opens Rome Arts Museum

1 June 2010 (Last Updated June 1st, 2010 18:30)

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled the new contemporary arts and architecture museum in Rome. The $225m US MAXXI museum design incorporates the idea of connecting the old with the new in Rome's architecture. The 88,500ft² building is housed on the grounds of a f

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled the new contemporary arts and architecture museum in Rome.

The $225m US MAXXI museum design incorporates the idea of connecting the old with the new in Rome's architecture.

The 88,500ft² building is housed on the grounds of a former military barracks.

The museum building features libraries, an auditorium and workshop spaces with intricate steel stairways, curving cement walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and interconnected pathways, according to cbc.ca/arts.

The Italian Culture Ministry awarded the project to Hadid after an international competition in 1998.