Francisco Mangado – Mangado & Asociados
Fine Arts Museum of Asturias
Jury motivation: This project celebrates the complexity of marrying between the existing structure and the new space.
The project addresses the whole complex, including the future of the Velarde Palace and the Casa Oviedo-Portal. Only through such a comprehensive approach can the optimal functioning of an institution as important as the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias be guaranteed. With this idea as starting point, the project contemplates raising an altogether new building within the urban complex. That is, the sequence of existing facades around is taken as a contextual condition, and these facades take on the role of an urban ‘backdrop’, unquestioned, against which to erect a new building with a facade of its own; a facade that reveals itself, is discerned, through naked, totally frameless openings. In the exterior it will be possible to complete a large luminous construction, glazed and full of reflections, that will project outward and superimpose itself on urban history, giving the new Museum a bold but complex image.
The other fundamental element for explaining the building’s relationships with the context is the inner block courtyard. The courtyard becomes a place for encounters and an element connecting the various buildings of the museum complex. Both the block courtyard and the covered court of the new main edifice, which acts as a great skylight articulating and structuring access points and circulation elements, becoming a reference space for the entire complex, are key parts of a proposal that conceptually and physically expands the current premises made up of the Velarde Palace and the Casa Oviedo-Portal.