The expansion Project

La terrazza nel rendering del progetto di Odile Decq

Inspired by the constant flux of Contemporary Art, Decq has proposed a self-contradicting edifice that creates a dynamic balance, at once a point of rupture which generates conflict and creative instability, while at the same time establishes a harmonious relationship with this ever-changing art, itself constantly attracting boundaries and resisting complacency. Decq’s building is situated on Via Nizza. Combined, the two buildings occupy the full depth of the city block. By displacing the main museum entrance to the corner of Via Nizza and Via Cagliari, Decq has opened up an area that was previously hidden.

Typified by the insertion of street-level windows in some of the exhibition halls, Decq removes the traditional boundaries and ignores the dichotomous perceptions of public versus private, urban versus cultural existences. Its new identity is perhaps most evident in the multi-level rooftop garden. Visible from the top floor of the MACRO first building on Via Reggio Emilia, the garden will appear as a panoramic abstraction.

Accessible from various points of the museum, the roof house a café, a garden and a point of exchange for visitors, artists, ideas, and admiration. The project’s façade, at the corner on via Nizza and via Cagliari, is an articulation of the old and the new. The structure opens passages to articulate the presence of the museum in the panorama of the street. Into the exhibition halls there are windows open on the street, revealing the interaction between contemporary art and the city.

MACRO total preexisting surface: 3.890 m2
 MACRO total preexisting volume: 15.200 m3
 MACRO total buildup surface: 10.050 m2
 MACRO total buildup volume above ground: 29.097 m3
 MACRO total buildup volume up ground: 17.618 m3
 MACRO total surface: 13.940 m2
 MACRO basement parking: 5.650 m2 (161 parking spaces)
 MACRO total volume: 61.915 m3

Outdoor spaces: 600 m2
 Terrace : 2.500 m2

MACRO preexisting exhibition surface: 1.450 m2
 MACRO buildup exhibition surface (included foyer spaces): 2.900 m2
 MACRO total exhibition surface: 4.350 m2

Services (conference hall, bookshop, café, restaurant, educational room): 1.750 m2

Who is Odile Decq
Odile Decq (1955) studied Architecture in Paris, where she graduated in 1978. In 1988 Odile Decq, with Benoît Cornette, wins the contest for the Administrative and social Center of the Banque Populaire de l'Ouest Armorique in Rennes; this project gave her a lot of international rewards and prizes. Always with Cornette, she designed some deep-dynamic “high tech” architectures, such as the Osaka port in Japan, the Saint Gobain Research Center in Paris and the MACRO in Rome. This one in collaboration with Burkhard Morass.