Zaha Hadid is an architect who consistently pushes the bundaries of architecture and urban design. Zaha Hadid work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban lanscapes in the pursult of a vivionary aesthetic that encopasses all fieled of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture.The project aims to define the city of Reggio Calabria as a Mediterranean cultural capital through the realization of two characteristic buildings: a museum and a multifunctional building for performing arts.
The location of the site on the narrow sea strait separating continental Italy from Sicily, offers an opportunity to create two unique buildings visible from the sea and the Sicilian coast: a Museum of the Mediterranean History and a Multifunctional Building.
The form of the museum draws inspiration from the organic shapes of a starfish. The radial symmetry of this shape helps to coordinate the communication and circulation between different sections of the museum and its other facilities. The Museum of Mediterranean History will house exhibition spaces, restoration facilities, an archive, an aquarium and library.