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Reggio Calabria, Calabria - 15 Febbraio 2010

Museum of the Mediterranean

Museum of the Mediterranean
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New designs aimed at redefining Reggio Calabria as a culture capital

Zaha Hadid Architects have revealed their designs for the Museum of the Mediterranean and a Multifunctional Building for the performing arts on the Regium Waterfront. The project aims to define the city of Reggio Calabria as a Mediterranean cultural capital through the realization of these two characteristic buildings.

The location of the site on the narrow sea strait separating continental Italy from Sicily, offers an opportunity to create two unique buildings visible from the sea and the Sicilian coast: a Museum of the Mediterranean History and a Multifunctional Building.

The form of the museum draws inspiration from the organic shapes of a starfish. The radial symmetry of this shape helps to coordinate the communication and circulation between different sections of the museum and its other facilities. The Museum of Mediterranean History will house exhibition spaces, restoration facilities, an archive, an aquarium and library. The Multifunctional Building is a composition of three separate elements that surround a partially covered piazza. The building will house the museum's administrative offices, a gym, local craft laboratories, shops and a cinema. Three different auditoriums, which can be converted into one large space, are also housed in the Multifunctional Building.