Built in preparation for the 1960 Olympic games, this concrete dome structure hosted boxing matches and other events. It looks run-down today, but apparently is still used on occasion. I was unable to get inside on the day I visited, but the structure was still impressive. Nervi was as much an engineer as an architect, and in addition to several other stadiums in Rome, he was the designer for highway overpasses and other pieces of infrastructure.
Here’s a great interior view from Flickr user kompot.photo.
The stadium is located to the north of the city, in an area that’s not considered very historically-sensitive, and so is (relatively) rich in modern and contemporary architecture: Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI museum and Renzo Piano’s Auditorium Parco della Musica are both within walking distance.
Palazzetto dello Sport [1957-1958]
Architect: Pier Luigi Nervi
Piazza Apollodoro 1, Rome, Italy [Map]