It is in this last sense in which
the materials used for the extension do not seek the mimesis of the pre-existing
ones. The growth of the building, discreetly separated from the official
alignment of the street, permits the use of modern technologies in the materials,
without its perception ever being interpreted as visually aggressive.
IN THE 16TH CENTURY BUILDING
The proposal seeks the integration of the preexisting building,
proposing a broader restoration.
There are two components: on one hand recovering the building functionally
and restoring it towards the urban structure of the street on its access and
first floors, as the areas which will have the greatest flow of visitors,
and on the other hand the new second and third floors, also devoted respectively
to exhibitions, archives and research.
This second area is set back from the façade with a
The proposal is an extension, not a superposition over the existing and therefore
it makes use of the back of the building.
The intervention should not affect the urban structure at the level of the
passer-by who tries to recognize the building from the street as a piece of
civil architecture. The recovering of the memory of the building should also
protect its surroundings without renouncing or making an active proposal explicit
which permits recovering this building.