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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.

MUSEO ARQUEOLÓGICO NACIONAL in Madrid, Spain by Frade Arquitectos

 
May 24th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Frade Arquitectos 

Two months ago, on March 31st, the opening ceremony of the new Museo Arqueológico Nacional took place. 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. A figure over 5000 visitors per day. Even though the museum has only been closed down for two and a half years out of the six that the construction lasted, it was clear to see that the re-opening generated a lot of expectation.

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

  • Architects: Frade Arquitectos 
  • Project: MUSEO ARQUEOLÓGICO NACIONAL
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Luis Asin, Mika Cartier, Dr. Sombra, Lorenzo Plana, Fernando Velasco, Niccolo Guasti, Gabriel López, Jose Manuel Ballester.
  • PROPERTY: Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
  • OPENING: March, 2014
  • CURRENT USABLE AREA: 23.303 m2 (2.642 m2 more than before the refurbish)
  • ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT: Frade Arquitectos S.L.
  • CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: Acciona
  • MUSEOGRAPHIC DESIGN: Frade Arquitectos SL
  • MUSEOGRAPHIC EXECUTION: UTE MAN Acciona – Empty

Image Courtesy © Gabriel López

Image Courtesy © Gabriel López

The re-construction started on the year 2008. The studio Frade Arquitectos 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.

Image Courtesy © Gabriel López

Image Courtesy © Gabriel López

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.

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

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.

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

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 intriguing and interesting manner and at the same time elude rigid and short-lived designs.

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

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. The Museo Arqueologico Nacional stands out for the quality of its architecture and its spatial comfiness. Two remarkable strenghs.

Image Courtesy © Jose Manuel Ballester

Image Courtesy © Jose Manuel Ballester

Image Courtesy © Dr. Sombra

Image Courtesy © Dr. Sombra

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

Image Courtesy © Jose Manuel Ballester

Image Courtesy © Jose Manuel Ballester

Image Courtesy © Dr. Sombra

Image Courtesy © Dr. Sombra

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Gabriel López

Image Courtesy © Gabriel López

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

Image Courtesy © Gabriel López

Image Courtesy © Gabriel López

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Frade Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Frade Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Frade Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Frade Arquitectos

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