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EXIT architects: easter sculpture museum
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apr 18, 2012
EXIT architects: easter sculpture museum


‘easter sculpture museum’ by EXIT architects, hellín, albacete, spain
image © fernando guerra
all images courtesy of EXIT architects

an existing building within the winding streets of the town of hellín, spain, the casa del conde, has been transformed into
the ‘easter sculpture museum’ by spanish firm EXIT architects. the original painted facade which responds to the adjacent
church and surroundings has been restored while the rest of the house was replaced with a contemporary gallery.
fusing the vintage facade and new exhibition areas, the translucent glass-enclosed volume fulfills the original footprint
and maintains the established scale relationships of the context, adjusting the arrangement of the levels to adapt to
the sloping terrain.

the use and inclusion of local stone as a building material integrates the character of the town. setback from the retained structure,
a plaza is created at the main entrance for visitors as well as a large portal which opens the exposed facade. a bright interior surfaced
with white concrete surrounds the display spaces. art pieces stand upon wooden boxes, organizing the circulation through
the collections. the combination of illumination and materiality support the religious tone of the collections.


(left) original painted facade and nearby church
(right) access to the museum from the street
images © fernando guerra


(left) public plaza created by setback facade
(right) facade detail
images © fernando guerra


image © fernando guerra


glass doors in the open position
image © fernando guerra


moving screen into place
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main gallery space
image © fernando guerra


moveable display boxes
image © fernando guerra


historic building context pervades the contemporary gallery
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image © fernando guerra


interior of exhibition area
image © fernando guerra


image © fernando guerra


wooden boxes for display of art
image © fernando guerra


view of tiered space
image © fernando guerra


wooden boxes serves as seating
image © fernando guerra


gallery
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image © fernando guerra


image © fernando guerra


image © fernando guerra


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upper level
image © fernando guerra


access to roof terrace
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roof terrace
image © fernando guerra


site plan


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


floor plan / level 2


section


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elevation


elevation


elevation


project info:

project: easter sculpture museum. hellín. albacete
architects: EXIT architects, ibán carpintero / mario sanjuán
client: public works ministry / hellín municipality
built area: 2.160 m2
budget: 3.512.235 euros
project: 2002
completion: 2011
collaborators: miguel garcía-redondo, silvia n. gómez, ángel sevillano, josé mª tabuyo
technical architects: alberto palencia / josé antonio alonso
mechanical consultant: maintenance ibérica
structural consultant: indagsa (josé luis cano)

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