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Regium Waterfront

  • Reggio Calabria, Italy
  • 2007 – 2015
  • Comune di Reggio Calabria
  • Competition / Research
  • 25,000m2
  • Museum: 13,400m2
  • Performing Arts Centre: 8,000m2

Located on a narrow strait, separating continental Italy from Sicily, the Regium Waterfront marks the city of Reggio Calabria as a Mediterranean cultural capital. Drawing inspiration from the radial symmetry of the starfish, the structure, housing museum and performing arts centre, stands as a beacon visible from land and sea.

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Two new buildings by Zaha Hadid Architects – museum and centre for performing arts – define the city of Reggio Calabria as a Mediterranean cultural capital.

Located on a narrow strait, separating continental Italy from the island of Sicily, these two unique structures stand as a beacon, visible from both the sea and the distant Sicilian coastline.

The museum draws inspiration from the organic form of the starfish, utilizing a radial symmetry to coordinate communication and circulation between different program elements – exhibition spaces, restoration facilities, archive, aquarium and library.

A second, multifunctional building comprises two separate elements, placed around a partially covered piazza. Here, offices, gymnasium, craft laboratories, cinema and flexible auditoria are contained.

Architect

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect

Filippo Innocenti

Competition Team

Filippo Innocenti, Michele Salvi, Roberto Vangeli, Andrea Balducci Castè, Luciano Letteriello, Fabio Forconi, Giuseppe Morando, Johannes Weikert, Deepti Zachariah, Gonzalo Carbajo

Design Team

Michele Salvi, Roberto Vangeli, Luciano Letteriello, Domenico di Francesco, Marco Guardincerri, Davide Del Giudice

Structural

Interprogetti
Adams Kara Taylor
Studio Prima
IngCost

Max Fordham and Partners (London, UK)

Environmental

Max Fordham
Macchiaroli & Partners

Cost / QS

Building Consulting

Fire

Macchiaroli & Partners
Building Consulting