Francisco MANGADO

Archaeology Museum in Calvià.+


Calvià, Mallorca-Spain

4.871 m2

Time, surprise, nature and archaeological preexistences were the four main concepts considered in this project.

We proposed a bold and clear-cut building organized in a sequence of clearly defined spaces that in conception and formal arrangement recall the ‘talaiots’, and which we like to discover as we progress. New ‘talaiots’ that inside are structurally autonomous large rooms whose sections have proportions that are impressive to visitors. The temporary and permanent exhibitions take up these spaces in a clear and simple sequence.

The building’s organization is basic. At ground level, besides the entrances (public and staff), are the cafeteria, the library, the auditorium with its sloping section, and an activities zone and the spaces for exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, with a separate entry for loading and unloading. The internal circulation is simple and clear, the spaces are diaphanous and emphatic. The first floor contains the administrative part of the museum. And down in the basement, besides storage spaces (with freight elevators directly connected to the exhibitions area) and MEP installations, are the facilities for cataloging (close to storage) and research, both with natural light coming in from the courtyard.

Lighting is fundamental. The section of the building is conceived to obtain evocative lighting, the key element in this project. Both on plan and in section, the geometry is clear and emphatic, not coincidental. Its primitivism of sorts, its inclinations according to polygons, recall those imperfect lines of many floor plans uncovered through time.

Calvià, Islas Baleares, España