Andalucia’s Museum of Memory | Alberto Campo Baeza | Architecture

The MA: Andalucia’s Museum of Memory Alberto Campo Baeza

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Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza has designed the Andalucia’s Museum of Memory located in Granada. A very good attempt of creating the interesting spatial experience through an elliptic central court which is designed to connect 3 levels spaces via the featured circular ramp.

The new building, silent in its forms, is resounding in its elements to communicate the messages of the new millennium in which we are already immersed.

Alberto Campo Baeza

We would like to make “the most beautiful building” for the Museo de al Memoria de Andalucía (Andalusia’s Museum of Memory) in Granada. The MA. A museum that wishes to transmit the entire history of Andalusia. As early as Roman times, Strabo described the inhabitants of Andalusia as “the most cultivated of the Iberians, who have laws in verse.”

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Our project for the MA is a building in line with the Central Headquarters of the CAJA GRANADA Savings Bank that we finished in 2001. We propose a podium building measuring 60×120 m and rising three stories, so that its upper floor coincides with the podium of the main CAJA GRANADA building.
And its façade as well. Everything is arranged around a central courtyard, in elliptical form in which circular ramps rise, connecting the three levels and creating a very interesting spatial tension. The dimensions of the elliptical courtyard have been taken from the courtyard of the Palace of Charles the V in the Alhambra.

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And to crown it all, as if it were a Gate to the City, a strong vertical piece emerges, the same height and width as the main building of the CAJA GRANADA. It thus appears before the highway that circles Granada as a screen-façade that sends messages over the large plasma screens that will cover it entirely. Like Piccadilly Circus in London or Times Square in New York.

And to finish the entire operation, a large horizontal platform all the way to the River, the MA open FIELD that will serve as a public space in that new area of the city of Granada.The new building, silent in its forms, is resounding in its elements to communicate the messages of the new millennium in which we are already immersed.

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ARCHITECT Alberto Campo Baeza
COLLABORATORS
Architects: Alejandro Cervilla García, Ignacio Aguirre López
Structural Engineers: Andrés Rubio Morán, Mª Concepción
Gutiérrez
Engineering: R. Úrculo Ingenieros Consultores S.A.
LOCATION
Avenida de las Ciencias s/n, in line with the Central
Headquarters of the CAJA GRANADA Savings Bank
CLIENT
CAJA GRANADA
PLOT
In the intersection between the Genil River and the
surrounding Highway of Granada.
Dimensions: 132 x 63 m.
Area: 8315,90 m2
PODIUM BUILDING
Dimensions: 114,3 x 54,3 meters
Height: 3 storeys. 15 meters.
SCREEN BUILDING
Dimensions: 54,3 x 6,3 meters.

Height: 10 storeys. 50 meters from foundations. The same
height and width as the main building of the CAJA GRANADA.
There is a viewpoint in the last floor, with wonderful views
to the Alhambra, Sierra Nevada and Sierra Elvira.
ELLIPTICAL COURTYARD
The dimensions of the elliptical courtyard have been taken
from the courtyard of the Palace of Charles the V in the
Alhambra.
Major axis: 42 m. Minor axis: 30 m. Height: 15 m.
HELICOIDAL RAMPS
The outside diameter: 26 m.
The inside diameter: 20 m.
Width: 3 m.
Structure: Steel
AREA
15.000 m2.
FUNCTIONS
Museum: Podium Building (Basement Level and Ground Floor).
Temporal exhibitions: Podium Building (First Floor).
Workshops: Podium Building (Basement Level).
Theater with retractile stands: Podium Building
Library and mediatheque: Screen Building.
Restaurant: Last floor of the Screen Building.
STRUCTURE
Reinforced concrete.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PERIODS

Commissioned in 2004.
Beginning of the construction: July 2006.
Opening: May 2009.
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Javier Callejas [javiercallejas@gmail.com]

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