Barcelona | Discovering Disseny Hub | Part 1

Place: Barcelona, Country: Spain
Museu del Disseny - Barcelona
Architectural design:
MBM Architects
Josep Martorell, Oriol Bohigas, David Mackay
with Oriol Capdevila e Francesc Gual.
Text by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit
Photos by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
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Barcelona | Discovering the Disseny Hub | part 01

Since 14 December 2014, the inhabitants of Barcelona have a new museum; indeed, the new Museu del Disseny opened its doors to the public.

The museum unites in a single place, and under a shared museographic concept, four different institutions: the “Museu de les Arts Decoratives”, the “Museu de Ceramica”, the “Museu Tèxtil i de la Indumentària” and the “Gabinet de les Arts Gràfiques”.
The new museum houses a collection of over 70,000 pieces ranging from the Middle-ages to present day.

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The house of the musem, the Disseny Hub building, is located in Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, at short distance from the Agbar Tower by jean Nouvel, and has been realised on a design by MBM Architects – Josep Martorell, Oriol Bohigas, David Mackay with Oriol Capdevila e Francesc Gual.

The building is quite compact and shaped like a deformed box, clad with zinc-alloy panels; it is the pivot point of a new pedestrian plaza, arranged on different levels and provided with green areas, connected to a lower body of water through a system of public stairs.
The four exhibition levels are connected by escalators, stacked on one another and visible from the outside through a series of cuts clearly marking the west facade of the building.

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There are two main public accesses to the museum, located on opposite sides and at different levels: the access on Plaça de Les Glories Catalanes leads directly to the reception desk, while the entrance facing Carrér d’Avila, through a footbridge suspended over the pool, gives access to the level 0 of the museum and from here to the entrance lobby using an escalator.

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Over the lobby, there are 4 publicly accessible levels, each dedicated to a different theme: industrial design, decorative arts, fashion and graphic design.
A conference hall is housed in the cantilevered volume overhanging the main entrance.
The two lower floors, located below the level of the “plaza”, contain temporary exhibition spaces, a study center, storage spaces for the collections, workshops, offices and a café provided with an outdoor terrace

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Photos by Riccardo BIanchini, Inexhibit

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