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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The MA: Andalucia’s Museum of Memory in Granada, Spain by Alberto Campo Baeza

 
February 9th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Alberto Campo Baeza

We would like to make “the most beautiful building” for the Museo de al Memoria de Andalucía (Andalusia’s Museum of Memory) in Granada. The MA. A museum that wishes to transmit the entire history of Andalusia. As early as Roman times, Strabo described the inhabitants of Andalusia as “the most cultivated of the Iberians, who have laws in verse.”

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  • Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Project: The MA: Andalucia’s Museum of Memory
  • Location: Granada, Andalucía, Spain
  • Client: Caja de Granada
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete.
  • Area: 15.000 m2.
  • Architects Design: Alejandro Cervilla García, Ignacio Aguirre López

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  • Structural Engineers: Andrés Rubio Morán, Mª Concepción Pérez Gutiérrez
  • Engineering: R. Úrculo Ingenieros Consultores S.A.
  • Students: Miguel Cabrillo, Sergio Sánchez Muñoz, Petter Palander
  • Commissioned: 2004.
  • Beginning of the construction: July 2006.
  • Opening: May 2009.
  • Photographer: Javier Callejas

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Functions

  • Museum: Podium Building (Basement Level and Ground Floor).
  • Temporal exhibitions: Podium Building (First Floor).
  • Workshops: Podium Building (Basement Level).
  • Theater with retractile stands: Podium Building
  • Library and mediatheque: Screen Building.
  • Restaurant: Last floor of the Screen Building.

 

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Our project for the MA is a building in line with the Central Headquarters of the CAJA GRANADA Savings Bank that we finished in 2001. We propose a podium building measuring 60×120 m and rising three stories, so that its upper floor coincides with the podium of the main CAJA GRANADA building. And its façade as well. Everything is arranged around a central courtyard, in elliptical form in which circular ramps rise, connecting the three levels and creating a very interesting spatial tension. The dimensions of the elliptical courtyard have been taken from the courtyard of the Palace of Charles the V in the Alhambra.

 

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And to crown it all, as if it were a Gate to the City, a strong vertical piece emerges, the same height and width as the main building of the CAJA GRANADA. It thus appears before the highway that circles Granada as a screen-façade that sends messages over the large plasma screens that will cover it entirely. Like Piccadilly Circus in London or Times Square in New York.

 

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And to finish the entire operation, a large horizontal platform all the way to the River, the MA open FIELD that will serve as a public space in that new area of the city of Granada.

The new building, silent in its forms, is resounding in its elements to communicate the messages of the new millennium in which we are already immersed.

Image Courtesy Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy Javier Callejas

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