MAXXI Museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects Wins the RIBA Stirling Prize 2010

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LONDON.- MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects has won the coveted £20,000 The RIBA Stirling Prize 2010, in association with The Architects Journal and Benchmark. The presentation of the UK’s premier architectural award took place at a special awards ceremony this evening (Saturday 2 October) at The Roundhouse in London, and was televised live on BBC Two’s The Culture Show at 6.30pm. Commenting on MAXXI, the judges said: ‘MAXXI is described as a building for the staging of art, and whilst provocative at many levels, this project shows a calmness that belies the complexities of its form and organisation. The nature of the project means everything has to be over-specified – throughout the design process the architects had no idea what the series of rooms would be used to hang, so walls which will bear a ton of rusting steel might be graced by miniatures. The museum, f