The presence of the Bay determines the order of the urban center of the city of Santander. The site for the new museum is on the second line, but the unevenness of the street allows a visual connection with the water. The new MUPAC is an important project for the city. Our proposal seeks to enrich and connect the urban fabric through the simultaneous construction of a building and a plaza as a meeting place.
To provide a solution to the requested program, which includes two very different elements such as an administrative building and the museum itself, a volume is proposed that arises from the addition of three simple pieces: a plinth that sinks into the ground and two vertical pieces that shape the new urban void created.
The plinth provides a solution to the large slope of the site and creates the public square with the main entrances; the horizontal piece that contains the museum floats on the plinth and makes it easier for us to see the sea when entering under its large overhang. The museum lobby sinks into the plinth and rises towards the exhibition spaces, seeking a spatial link between all the interior spaces.
The museum's exhibition rooms are closed to the outside. Only from specific points of the exhibition route can you see the city. Glass, as a material for the exterior, allows the necessary transparency to the administrative building and the hermetic condition of the exhibition volume. That is why we propose large glass panels, because it is capable of reflecting the sky and merging with it.
Authors: Beatriz Matos Castaño, Alberto Martínez Castillo
Project Team: Álvaro Parra, Begoña Torreira, Jaime RodriguezVigil,
Structural Project: Miguel Gómez Navarro,Fhecor ingenieros consultores.
Mechanical and electrical engineering: 3D3 Ingeniería, Raúl Lirola.
Museography: Rosina Gómez Baeza, Lucía Ibarra, Juan Pablo Rodriguez Frade
Museology: Manolo González Morales
Graphic design: Antonio Samaniego
Model Photographs: Ana Matos