white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain
 

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

in the spanish city of cáceres, architect emilio tuñón has created a new cultural attraction in the form of a museum of contemporary art for the helga de alvear foundation. the extensive project involved two stages. firstly, the renovation of the existing casa grande and the extension of the building occupying its former backyard garden. secondly, the construction of a new building in the attached plot. positioned on the old town’s medieval border, the design of the new building is based on creating a relationship between the contemporary and the existing, allowing past and present to coexist in harmony. 

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

all images by alberto amores & pancho matienzo

 

 

the site boasts a prominent location in the city as not only is it located on the old town’s medieval border, but also on the natural border of a valley. emilio tuñón‘s proposal brings back the plot’s original essence as a transit piece of land where exchange between the inside and outside of the city’s walls occurred, becoming again a permeable urban space.

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

 

 

a public promenade unfolds throughout the project, connecting the main entrance to the foundation, travelling through its crossable roof and down its backyard garden, to the other side of the plot; creating yet another passageway for the city and joining in the existing chain of public squares and promenades that characterize the old town of cáceres. just like art, which in the past was a privilege and restricted for the few, has now been made accessible to all, the proposal embodies the idea of creating an urban ‘trompe l’oeil’, where the remaining limits and borders are twisted and diluted, so as to create an accessible public artery.

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

 

 

the proposed building aims to become a versatile cultural attraction, with a distinct and balanced image for itself. it is made of white reinforced concrete pillars, which establish an accurate dialogue with the casa grande. moreover, with the construction of this new building, the casa grande will now host the administration spaces for the foundation, the temporary exhibition hall, the library and the workshops, with its own entry access from the inner courtyard.

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

white concrete pillars clad emilio tuñón's museum of contemporary art in cáceres, spain

 

 

 

project info:

 

project name: museum of contemporary art helga de alvear
location: cáceres (extremadura), spain
architect: emilio tuñón
client: the government of extremadura and the helga de alvear foundation
collaborators: carlos brage, andrés regueiro, ruben arend, rosa bandeirinha, inés garcía de paredes
quantity surveyor: sancho páramo
main consultants: gogaite engineering and úrculo engineering
project date: 2014
construction time: 2015-2019
photography: pictures / alberto amores & pancho matienzo

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