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Foster’s winning design and all finalist proposals for Prado Museum renovation

Place: Madrid, Country: Spain
Museo Nacional del Prado
Architectural competition for the renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Images: courtesy of Museo Nacional del Prado.
https://www.museodelprado.es/en

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Foster’s winning design and all finalists for Prado Museum’s “Hall or Realms” renovation

Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos  ; Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos ;  B720 Arquitectura / David Chipperfield Architects ; Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) / Stedebouw B.V ; Souto Moura Arquitectos / Juan Miguel Hernández León / Carlos de Riaño Lozano ; Foster + Partners  / Rubio Arquitectura ; Garces de Seta Bonet Arquitectes / Pedro Feduchi Canosa ; Gluckman Tang Architects / Estudio Álvarez Sala / Arquitectura  Enguita y Lasso de la Vega.
These are the eight finalists of the two-phase international architectural competition which the Prado Museum in Madrid started in March 2016 for the renovation of its Salón de Reinos (Hall of Realms). Eventually, the proposal by Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura was selected as winner.
All eight finalist entries were presented at an exhibition in December 2016.

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Schematic view of the Prado Museum Campus


The architectural competition

The competition was aimed to find a design for the restoration and renovation of the Hall of Realms – part of the Palacio de Buen Retiro, a holiday residence and place of recreation commissioned by King Philip IV of Spain and completed in 1640 – as well as for the redesign of the open-air spaces and walkways which connect the Hall with the other buildings of the Prado complex. Furthermore, the competition program included the creation of a new state-of-the-art exhibition space aimed to present to the public parts of the museum’s collection, as well as to accommodate special exhibitions.


Traza Oculta: the winning design by Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura

“Traza Oculta”, the winning proposal, is based on three levels of intervention.
The first level, at the urban scale, is aimed to improve the connection between the Hall of Realms and the rest of the Prado Museum complex; the courtyard in front of the Hall will be lowered and linked to south side of the building by a stepped terrace, as long as the building facade, to reinforce the perceptive connection between interior and exterior. A better coherence of the circulation system is achieved through the redesign of the open-air spaces pavement and by pedestrianizing some of the streets adjacent to the museum complex.

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At the architectural level, the proposal by Foster introduces a double-height filter space between inside and outside, which will accommodate the new entrance lobby of the Hall of Realms, by partially removing the late-built outer wall which currently constitutes the south facade of the Hall wing. Such “peeling” will unveil the original 17th century real facade of the Philip IV palace behind, thus reinstating its original function. At the same time, daylight will enter again the building through the original openings in the old facade, to illuminate the “Hall of the World” gallery, as well as to re-establish the former bond of the interior spaces with the surrounding landscape.
The exhibition floor area of the Palace is increased by adding a new volume, vertically aligned with the current roof, which will accommodate a new contemporary, flexible exhibition space.

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From the top: Foster + Partners  / Rubio Arquitectura : architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

The third level of the proposal is a sophisticated lighting design project for both the “Hall of the Word” and the new exhibition space.

The proposal of Foster and Rubio also includes an alternative solution for the south facade, namely to completely remove the outer wall, rather than cutting it partially, to replace it with an array of thin columns, therefore fully reinstating the visibility of the original facade of the Palace, and expanding the urban space by transforming the entrance lobby into a long publicly-accessible loggia.

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Foster + Partners  / Rubio Arquitectura : architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid; alternative solution for the south facade.

The project is currently under development, with groundbreaking scheduled for late 2018.


The other finalists proposals

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Cruz Y Ortiz Arquitectos: architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

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Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos: architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

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 B720 Arquitectura / David Chipperfield Architects; architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

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Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) / Stedebouw B.V; architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

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Souto Moura Arquitectos / Juan Miguel Hernández León / Carlos de Riaño Lozano ; architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

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Garces de Seta Bonet Arquitectes / Pedro Feduchi Canosa ; architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Prado Architectural Competition Gluckman Tang Sala Enguita Lasso de la Vega 1

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Gluckman Tang Architects / Estudio Álvarez Sala / Arquitectura  Enguita y Lasso de la Vega: architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

More info: https://www.museodelprado.es/en/museum/hall-of-realms


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