Museo del Prado announces finalists for architectural redesign

Sunday, July 3, 2016
Museo del Prado announces finalists for architectural redesign

Earlier this year, Museo del Prado announced a competition to determine the architectural firm that would be in charge of redesigning the Hall of Realms. The Prado plans to use the reconverted space to explore Spain’s history – focusing on the relationship between Spain and the Americas.

Museo del Prado announces finalists for architectural redesign

Earlier this year, Museo del Prado announced a competition to determine the architectural firm that would be in charge of redesigning the Hall of Realms. The project would add another 2,500 square meters of exhibition space to the Madrid museum, and 2,900 square meters for supporting spaces.

The Hall of Realms was acquired by the museum in October of 2015. Initially, the building was used by the Spanish royalty, yet it’s most recent purpose was to house the Army Museum. Now, the Prado plans to use the reconverted space to explore Spain’s history – focusing on the relationship between Spain and the Americas.

The project has a final budget of 1,756,315 euros, whilst the winning architectural firm stands to gain a first prize of 48,400 euros. Following the first stage of the competition, the Prado has announced the final eight teams, selected from 39 entries in total. The second phase of the competition calls for final proposals, which are due next October 30th. The winning team will be selected by the end of the year (see here for selection committee).

The eight finalists are:

• Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

• Nieto Sobejano Architects

• UTE B720 - David Chipperfield Architects Architecture

• Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) Stedebouw BV

• UTE Souto Moura Arquitectos - Juan Miguel Hernández León - Riano Carlos Lozano

• UTE Foster + Partners- Rubio Architecture

• UTE Garces de Seta Bonet Arquitectes - Pedro Feducci Canosa

• Tang and UTE Gluckman Architects


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