The Spanish studio Frade Arquitectos has recently renewed, the famous National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, the opening of which took place on April 1.
Visitors will be able to enjoy what is seen as one of the most important museums of Spain. Took us more than 6 years of construction and renovation in fact the reconstruction started on the year 2008.
There is no doubt that it was an event that had been long waited for. A clear example of this, is the large amount of visitors that it has attracted during the first couple of weeks over 5000 visitors per day.
The architects managed to renovate the Museum giving it a more efficient utilization for the public. The visitors’ ease in the use of the museum was one of the most important aspects of the new design.
The public will be able to find a new museum that has not forgotten its roots. Moreover, it very cleverly takes advantage of its previews design, of great historical importance.
The old building was the “Palacio de Biblioteca y Museos” and was built at the end of the 19th century. The museum today combines features of the old design but also improves its architectonic value in terms of communication and aesthetics.
The patios have recuperated the importance they once had. They have become useable areas due to the installation of crystal covers that has taken place. They now exhibit the largest pieces of the museum. Both patios are spacious and bright areas that facilitate the visit by working as reference spots within the reconditioned current design.
The project not only respects the old building in architectural terms but also the design of the museography has been developed trying to adapt it and link it to both, the historical and the new features of the current museum.
The museography is patterned after the architectural project, using similar materials and following its simple and sober style. The aim was being able to exhibit and explain the museum collection in an interesting manner and at the same time elude rigid and short-lived designs.
The result is an open museum. It welcomes the visitor and opens its gates to the city by means of its architecture that boosts the building’s nobility and the institution itself. For the opening of this national treasure , all the exhibition pieces have been restored and cleaned to find their new homes in carefully weighted multimedia galleries.
Location: Madrid, Spain
Architects: Frade Arquitectos
Museographic Design: Frade Arquitectos
Museographic Execution: Ute Man Acciona – Empty
Construction Company: Acciona
Current Usable Area: 23.303 m2 (2.642 m2 more than before the refurbish)
Property: Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Photographs: Luis Asin, Mika Cartier, Dr. Sombra, Lorenzo Plana, Fernando Velasco, Niccolo Guasti, Gabriel López, Jose Manuel Ballester