Linazasoro & Sánchez, Fine Arts Museum in Gran Canaria
The Madrid office of José Ignacio Linazasoro and Ricard Sánchez, in collaboration with the museum specialist Christian Perazzone and the architect Felipe Gago, has won first prize in the competition of ideas for turning an old psychiatric hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, into a museum of fine arts. Selected out of 28 entries, the proposal ‘Numquam in campo sui fecit potestatem’ – for which its authors are receiving a prize of 50,000 euros – works on a neoclassical construction in disuse, restoring its spaces of architectural and heritage value. One of the design’s prime objectives is to improve the building’s connections with the Vegueta neighborhood, thereby activating its relationship with the rest of the city. The solution is a new square in front of the museum’s main entrance, immersed in the compact urban fabric.
Because of requirements of functional clarity and high flexibility in uses and routes, the project replaces the constructions existing on the west side of the building with a prismatic volume, which is to contain the spaces for storing art works, the galleries for temporary and permanent exhibitions, and a conference hall. A small amphitheater crowns the complex and offers views of the sea and the cathedral. Between the refurbished spaces and the new volume is a large, three-height foyer. It ensures a dialogue between preexisting and new elements.
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