Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Italy that the Flaminio Stadium in Rome, an icon of modern Italian architecture, is in danger due to the new amendment included in the Italian so-called ‘Simplification Decree’: art. 55-bis of Legislative Decree no. 76/2020, which has nullified the effectiveness of the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, linked to one of the most important principles of the Italian Constitution, Article 9.
Flaminio Stadium, is a renown structure designed by Pier Luigi and Antonio Nervi, between 1957 and 1958 and inaugurated in 1959. “It was built as part of the main nucleus of new facilities designed for the XVII Olympic Games in Rome (1960): the Olympic Village by A. Libera, L. Moretti, V. Cafiero, V. Monaco and A. Luccichenti (1960), the Corso di Francia Viaduct by P.L. Nervi (1960), the Palazzetto dello Sport by A. Vitellozzi and Nervi (1958), the Palazzo delle Federazioni Sportive by P. Carbonara. Designed for football matches, the stadium could host up to 50,000 spectators. It also featured four gymnasiums, a pool, a bar, change rooms and a first aid station. The structure was completed by state-of-the-art building systems.
Concrete was employed in different ways and in original forms: in situ castings for the large structural frames, prefabricated elements for the grandstands, undulating slabs of ferrocement realized on site in specially designed formwork for the canopies. The project demonstrates how Nervi was already focused on the phase of construction while still designing, convinced that obeying the laws of statics was a guarantee in its own right of the proper aesthetic result.
Abandoned for years, the stadium is now in an advanced state of decay. This degeneration can be traced back to three principal causes: improper interventions that failed to respect the characteristics of the original structure, widespread deterioration caused by years of neglect and the physiological aging of materials and plant systems.”
Therefore, the Flaminio Stadium was the subject of a Conservation Plan drawn up by the P.L. Nervi Project Association, by Sapienza University of Rome and Docomomo Italia, in agreement with the Municipality of Rome, being funded in 2017 by the Getty Foundation as part of the Keeping It Modern Program.
However, with the new “Simplification Decree’, that allows any sports facility to be altered or even totally demolished, also in the case of a listed building, in the immediate future, it also puts the Flaminio Stadium in Rome at risk, as it is also the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence (read more here).