Woody Allen made a lousy Rome movie, but at least the scenery’s nice

Or, what this post could also be titled: the Auditorium Parco della Musica is Pretty and a good place to feel pretentious about architecture. Because look! pretty, right?:

um, wow, fancy alien concert hall, you're pretty
um, wow, fancy alien concert hall, you’re pretty
see? pretty.
see? pretty.
it's tricky to photograph, but there are three of these pretty alien concert halls
it’s tricky to photograph, but there are three of these pretty alien concert halls with the “cavea” in the middle

So, I first became aware of the Auditorium in that terrible Woody Allen movie about Rome. Mark Zuckerberg was talking to Juno up in the cavea and I thought to myself: “wow, that’s fancy, and it’s in Rome! But I have never in my life seen that before and I am a snobby art historian who tends to know about these things!” So, I set myself to figuring out what it was. Turns out it’s a Renzo Piano designed auditorium complex. Which for architecture nerds (count me in!) is cool enough on its own, but for everybody else, it’s cool because it’s in a quiet part of the city, and it’s a lovely community area. There are benches everywhere around the complex, and you can sit in the shade or the sun in the cavea and read if you so choose. And there’s play equipment for kiddies; there are even ruins just in case you haven’t gotten enough of those everywhere else:

ruins and modern architecture! my brain can't take it!
ruins and modern architecture! my brain can’t take it!

I haven’t seen any performances there, which is now officially on the list. But in the meantime, since the weather keeps getting nicer, it seems like it would be a gorgeous place to enjoy the slowly returning sunshine.

not ugly
not ugly

And what’s especially great about it, if you want to really geek out over architecture, is that it’s on the SAME STREET as Zaha Hadid’s MAXXIActually the exact same street and it only takes about five minutes to walk between them:

hey MAXXI, lookin' fine
hey MAXXI, lookin’ fine

So, while I can’t vouch for the insides of these buildings, the outsides are sock rockin’. And between them and Richard Meier’s Ara Pacis building, Rome has racked up nearly half the syllabus for a postmodern architecture class! High-five Rome!

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