A few months ago we spent a pleasant evening at MAXXI, the new modern art gallery designed by Zaha Hadid. The tickets were free that night, and that helps, but we've also come to appreciate certain aspects of Hadid's design. Some of the interior sightlines are pretty cool, especially from up high on the catwalks that cross the large lobby.
But what impressed us the most was the subtle signage. The general sign, designed to lead one to the toilets (assuming you can't read the word "Toilet"), used a symbol we've never seen before; we're still not sure why the icon is leaning over backwards.
The signs delineating the men's and women's restrooms were discrete to a fault. We wondered if the legs/skirt motif would be decipherable to, say, a 9-year-old.
|Self-portrait. See photo at end for "context."|
Outside, the mass of the all-concrete-all-the-time courtyard was leavened somewhat by the encroaching darkness, the broad line of people waiting to get their free tickets (photo at top), our peeks through the glass at the fashionistas (left).