Trip to the Eur
In the EUR district of Rome, founded in the 1930s, the atmosphere is all different and very different from the historical center. Here the imposing buildings, squared and outlined, give these places an abstract, almost metaphysical aura. To master it is rationalistic architecture, as Mussolini had thought in his idea of the Universal Exhibition of '42 and then made between the marbles and monuments of this neighborhood. Our path traces past and modern works and constructions that those who pass through these streets can not get lost. Passing through these streets is also a must visit to the Historical Museum of Post and Telecommunication, the National Prehistoric Ethnographic Museum "Luigi Pigorini" and the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.
PALACE OF THE ITALIAN CIVILITY
Our first stop is the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, better known as "Colosseo Quadrato", for the clear reference to the Amphitheater Flavio, or from the Romans themselves nicknamed by the Romans "groviera". The work is made by architects Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto La Padula and Mario Romano who celebrated the motif of the arch representing Roman civilization, repeating it 216 times along the four sides of the structure. On the sides of the two stairs are four sculptural groups of Publio Morbiducci depicting the Dioscuri. The 28 statues under the arches of the first order represent "human arts and activities". This building has never found a permanent use destination, until Maison Fendi has turned it into its headquarters.
The Palace of Congresses, designed by the architect Adalberto Libera, is one of the most interesting buildings of the EUR: its appearance is noble and elegant, where modern lines coexist with a classical style and is considered an extraordinary example of rationalist architecture. Today it hosts conferences, exhibitions and conferences.
MUSEUM OF THE ROMAN CIVILITY AND HIS PORTICATO
The building hosting the museum was designed by architects Aschieri, Bernardini, Pascoletti and Peressutti, winners of one of the banned contests for the construction of the most important buildings of the Universal Exhibition of Rome in 1942. The architectural complex is articulated into two parallel bodies And in a porch with columns of travertine, which is a scenic background to the square created and circumscribed by the same structures. Laterally at the square, there are two monumental entrances that interrupt the compact wall mass, consisting of immense blocks of tufa surmounted by a travertine frame.
The last stage of our journey can only end with the "Cloud" by Fuksas, far from the rationalist schemes and included in the new architectural project of the EUR. The Nuovo Centro Congressi is a work of extraordinary artistic value, characterized by innovative logistics solutions and the choice of technologically advanced materials. The design idea is related to three elements: the Teca, the Cloud and the "blade" of the Hotel. Teca is the container with steel structure and double glass facade that encloses the Cloud inside. The Cloud, the fulcrum of the project, is almost suspended within Teca, supported by a set of cables, and covered with a transparent canopy of 15,000 square meters. The complex is able to host congress and exhibition events, with a total capacity of almost 9,000 seats, divided between the auditorium within the Cloud that can accommodate 1,760 people, the large congress halls for a total of 6,500 seats. The design of the New Congress Center is also distinguished by an eco-friendly approach.