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Masterplanning contest opens for MAXXI neighbour

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An international design competition has been launched for a 5.1 hectare plot next to Zaha Hadid’s Stirling Prize-winning MAXXI

Property developer CDP Investimenti Sgr is seeking an architect to re-masterplan the disused Precision Electrical Components Factory.

The £70 million development – supported by the City of Rome – will feature up to 2,000 dwellings and a new home for Rome’s proposed ‘City of Science’ museum.

A separate design competition is planned for the 27,000m² ‘City of Science’ visitor attraction.

The former Ministry of Defence site in Rome’s Flaminio neighbourhood is across the road from Zaha Hadid’s 2010 Stirling Prize-winning MAXXI.

Situated between Via Guido Reni and Viale del Vignola, the plot is also a stone’s throw from the city’s 1960 Olympic Village and Renzo Piano’s iconic Parco della Musica concert venue.

According to the brief: ‘The competition organizer is seeking a masterplan for the creation of a neighbourhood integrated within the context of contemporary Rome.

‘The site must ensure the coexistence between the City of Science – designed for the general public – with new public spaces and landscaping serving the local community and a comfortable residential district for 1,500 to 2,000 people.’

The project will deliver around 35,000m² of housing alongside 10,000m² of commercial and leisure facilities and 14,000m² of public space.  

The two-stage competition is open to architects and engineers from European Union member states and Switzerland registered with professional associations in their home country.

Applicants must submit a selection of previously completed projects and an indicative site proposal during the competition’s first phase.

Six finalists will then receive around £19,000 each to work up more detailed designs during the competition’s second stage.

Jury members include Paola Di Biagi of the University of Trieste and CDP Investimenti Sgr managing director Marco Sangiorgio.

Submissions will be judged on their architectural quality and response to the existing urban context. Sustainability and the technical and economic feasibility of proposals will also be considered.

The winning team – set to be announced in June – will receive a commission for the masterplanning project.

The deadline for submissions is 26 February. A winner will be announced in June.






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