Museum of Contemporary Art that located in Rome, Italy, was designed by ODBC Architects. Based on an industrial and residential estate, the extension comprises two exhibition rooms, a large foyer, auditorium, video room, education centre, two artists studio, bookshop, cafe, restaurant, two levels of storage and a carpark with capacity for 200 vehicles.
The design extends the Museum back into an adjoining courtyard belonging to an old brewery. Many elements of the site restricted the design, with ODBC forbidden to demolish several facades and the structure of one of the nearby buildings.
The foyer into which the auditorium has been placed is painted in a matt black with black basalt flooring, absorbing the natural light streaming in from the glass roof and floor to ceiling windows on one side. ODBC’s extension provides two additional exhibition spaces – one 1,200 sq m and painted white, deployed under a black steel ceiling as a blank canvas for the artists’ works, the other 500 sq m and connected to the original section of the Museum.