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His proposal was to insert a glazed five-storey structure behind the decorative stone facade of a demolished building on Calle de la Rúa, slotted between the museum’s existing buildings – the Baroque Velarde Palace and a 17th-century house known as Casa Oviedo-Portal.
“More than just a facade, this is an element of great formal, visual, and functional intensity,” explained Mangado, whose past projects include a faceted auditorium building in Alicante.
“The project concentrates the two periods in this thick facade and allows an oblique view of the existing city, from inside, through these facades.”
The glass skin that front the building’s three overground storeys is visible through the window and door openings of the original facades. It also rises above the terracotta-tiled roofs of neighbouring properties in a few locations.
“The new facade with an elaborate glass finish produces a play of crossed reflections inside; an interaction between two facades that creates a space of rich intensity,” said Mangado.
Behind the facades, the museum sprawls out to frame a courtyard in the centre of the block. Glazed walkways traverse the courtyard, connecting to further galleries at the rear.
“Through luminous glazed catwalks, the courtyard becomes a place for encounters and an element connecting the various buildings of the museum complex,” said the architect.