An additional exhibition space with communicative transition areas
The neoclassical building was constructed in the 19th century according to a design by the architect Francisco Jareño. Renovation work and extensions were also frequently carried out over the years. Frade Architects were commissioned with the recently completed refurbishment project. The main concept consisted of maintaining the emotional character of the historical building whilst bringing it into harmony with the requirements of a 21st century museum in terms of communication and visual appeal. "Achieving this balance between tradition and the modern era is highly complex, and that is where the key to our approach is found," summarised Juan Pablo Rodriguez Frade. As a consequence, the recently canopied inner courtyards equipped with stairwell towers are used as exhibition spaces, and large-scale objects can now be observed from a variety of angles in daylight. Optec spotlights from ERCO mounted to tracks along the walls set supplementary light accents on the exhibits.