Museo del Prado Competition - Refurbishment of the Salón de Reinos

Madrid / Spain / 2016

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The vision is to create a new public focus for the city by bringing together the various buildings that comprise the Prado with public spaces and underground links.

The Hall of Realms is a noble structure and one of the very few that have survived from the former Palacio del Buen Retiro of the seventeenth century. It has been the subject of changes and expansion, gathering many layers of history over the centuries.

The interventions will bring fresh life to the magnificent interiors from the past as well as adding new state-of-the-art galleries and public spaces. The proposal goes back four centuries to re-discover the original three storey southern façade. This becomes the backdrop for a spectacular new space within the building. The existing outer walls have been delicately opened up to bring light and views in from the new civic plaza.

The transformed Hall of Realms will be permeable, offering a new public route through the building with terrace cafes on the north side.
Working within the outline of the original building envelope a new roof will harvest energy from integrated solar cells, give natural light to the galleries below and cantilever as a shade to protect the southern façade. It also heralds the rebirth of this historic monument.



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El diseño seleccionado responde holgadamente al programa de necesidades espaciales definido por el museo, sin necesidad de excavar nuevos sótanos y realzando los espacios históricos que forman el núcleo del edificio, en especial el Salón de Reinos. Del mismo modo, fortalece y consolida la identidad del campus del Museo del Prado, proponiendo la potenciación peatonal del eje Parque del Retiro – Paseo del Prado, a través de la calle Felipe IV, lo que revitalizaría su conexión con la ciudad.


Particularmente, el jurado destaca en su dictamen como principales valores de la propuesta técnica ganadora la gran calidad de la propuesta arquitectónica, que respeta y valora lo existente adecuándolo a las necesidades de nuestro tiempo; la inteligente satisfacción de los requerimientos museológicos; la acertada integración del edificio en su entorno, así como en el conjunto del campus del Museo del Prado; así como el eficaz estudio de costes de la obra.

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    The vision is to create a new public focus for the city by bringing together the various buildings that comprise the Prado with public spaces and underground links.The Hall of Realms is a noble structure and one of the very few that have survived from the former Palacio del Buen Retiro of the seventeenth century. It has been the subject of changes and expansion, gathering many layers of history over the centuries.The interventions will bring fresh life to the magnificent interiors from the past...

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