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Typology: Municipal space


Address: Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4
Zone: Rione Testaccio (Roma centro)
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Open only during exhibitions.


Admission charges may vary during temporary exhibitions


The project of the Pelanda, a centre of cultural production located in Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4, was conceived ten years ago from an idea of Zoneattive and its management was entrusted to the Historical City Agency’s Urban Planning Department directed by eng. Paolo Capozzi,
An area of 5000 square meters hosted in the Mattatoio (Slaughterhouse) and intended for exhibitions, educational activities and workshops. An example of industrial architecture, the result of an excellent restoration lasted more than three years, ready to become an innovative and flexible space that can host various events.
The management of La Pelanda is handled by the Macro Museum, and with the opening of the new wing in Via Nizza –designed by Odile Decq–, will become part of the New Macro complex consisting of the existing Museum of Contemporary Art in Via Reggio Emilia and the two pavilions of the Macro Testaccio. The complex is dedicated to contemporary art enriched by the presence of the Academy of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Architecture of Rome.
The Pelanda project represents the most significant restoration of the industrial architecture complex of the Mattatoio in Testaccio, for a total funding of over € 13 million.
The construction site was opened in November 2006, with an overall cubic volume of 38,000 cubic metres each, for a usable area of 5,000 square metres each, consisting of five buildings organised around a large gallery each measuring 1,400 square metres. The complex also has two theatres each measuring 260 square metres; a study-workshop measuring 122 square metres; recording and directing studios each 65 square metres; a 130 square metre two-story apartment for artists and operators working on productions; a kitchen area measuring 10 square metres; dressing rooms for artists and operators measuring 70 square metres and has 85 square metres reserved for bathrooms. Windows measuring a total of 4,000 square metres have been installed. The theatres are paved with poplar wood that is 6 centimetres thick, below which a complicated engineering system has been installed. The central gallery is paved with basalt squares, while the remaining areas are all paved with industrial cement.
Plans included the conservative restoration and upgrading of buildings used for the Pelanda dei Suini and for water tanks. The main body of the complex consists of a large nave, a smokestack shaped like a truncated cone and other metallic equipment that makes this a very evocative place and one that will be integrally preserved. The final complex was designed as an open and modular system that can be entirely accessed by the public, with large windows that exalt volume and perspective.
A calendar of events has already been drafted up: from March 3 the Pelanda is hosting the exhibition “Digital future”, curated by Romaeuropa with installations and videos by great international artists, among them the Japanese artist Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Last checked: 2018-01-26 11:17