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Palazzetto dello Sport Rome : Stadium Building

20th Century Arena in Italy design by Pier Luigi Nervi architect-engineer

post updated 16 February 2024

Dates built: 1956-57

Design: Pier Luigi Nervi

Indoor arena

Location: Piazza Apollodoro, north Rome

Palazzetto dello Sport Rome, Pier Luigi Nervi building

Photographs © Adrian Welch Feb 2008

Palazzetto dello Sport

Palazzetto dello Sport architect / engineer : Pier Luigi Nervi

Capacity: 3,500 seats

Also known as the PalaTiziano and PalaFlaminio.

Built for the 1960 Summer Olympics.

Palazzetto dello Sport Rome stadium building

Lottomatica Roma venue until the early 1980s

The Palazzetto dello Sport is constructed with prefabricated ribbed concrete shell dome 61m in diameter, braced by concrete flying buttresses.

Sculpture nearby, just to north:
Sculpture near Palazzetto dello Sport Rome stadium building
photograph © Adrian Welch

The facility incorporates a first-aid center, four groups of dressing-rooms, along with an officials dressing room, a medical sports centre, a management office, a press room with 12 telephone booths, two store rooms, and basement-located heating and air-conditioning equipment. Seating could be configured for 3,500 basketball spectators and up to 5,600 for boxing or wrestling spectators.

The arena is constructed with a ribbed concrete shell dome, that is 61 meters in diameter, and is constructed of 1,620 prefabricated concrete pieces, which are braced by concrete flying buttresses. Much of the structure was prefabricated, so that the dome was erected in 40 days.

The venue was constructed along with the 11,500-seat Palazzo dello Sport, for the 1960 Summer Olympics. The building was inaugurated in 1957. It was designed by architect Annibale Vitellozzi. Its reinforced thin-shell concrete dome was engineered by Pier Luigi Nervi, under the direction of engineer Giacomo Maccagno.

A major contemporary building located close by to the east:

Music Auditoria, north Rome
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)
Music Complex Rome
photograph © Adrian Welch
Music Complex Rome

Location: north of the city centre in Rome, Italy, southern Europe

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A major building close by to the north of this Italian sports arena:

Maxxi : National Centre of Contemporary Arts Rome
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Maxxi Rome

A related design by this celebrated Modern architect engineer:

George Washington Bridge Bus Station Building Renovation
Design: Dr. Pier Luigi Nervi
George Washington Bridge Bus Station
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Building by Dr. Pier Luigi Nervi

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Design: studio IT’S, Architects
Active House Rome LIVE Living EUR district
render © It’s – Marco Tripodi
Active House Rome, LIVE Living EUR

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