Refurbishment of Martorell Museum

Barcelona, 2020
Client:  BIM/SA, Barcelona d’Insfraestructures Municipals
Area:  1.295 m2
Phase:  restricted competition / 3th prize
Images:  vimworks

Refurbishment of the Martorell Museum in Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona.

The intervention in the building wants to go beyond a simple restoration action to turn the building into an urban hing that endows this part of the city and park with new urban values ​​and dynamics. And that this new strategy serves both as a dynamizing element of the Museum itself and of the activities carried out in it. The aim is to reverse the concept of a ‘wall’ building, which is the current building with respect to the city, in order to propose a permeable building with a second public access from  Picasso avenue connecting the park and the nearby neighbourhood.

Historical spaces are restored, emphasized and complemented with new elements to respond to the new program and the needs of a 21th century museum. The new programme fits with the historical spaces, without distorting them, assuming the original spaces and minimizing the new divides as much as possible. In the two lateral wings, the architectural strategy seeks to maximize the reading of the complete and unitary space, as it was conceived, and to integrate the new architecture in a discreet way without competing with it. The idea is to concentrate the largest number of exhibition and storage elements under the balconies in order to free up as much perimeter space as possible and respect the original image of the wings. A modular system is designed that reinterprets the image of the old wooden showcases and that allows to integrate the installations, the lighting, the acoustic surfaces, etc. A distinguishable and totally reversible architectural solution.

Rehabilitació Museu Martorell
Museu Martorell, Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona
Rehabilitació Museu Martorell