The axis to order the new Campus Prado
The urban proposal tries to configure the Campus Prado through a landscape intervention along Felipe IV street, outstanding baroque axis of the city and the original access to the Prado Museum. Felipe IV street becomes the new “path”, a new park-street with its own personality in charge of ordering the future Campus Prado.
New space for temporary exhibitions
The project considers the possibility of moving temporary exhibitions from the Prado Museum to this new location. This action allows to guarantee the flow of visitor to the Hall of Realms and, at the same time, decrease the pressure over the current halls. This possibility push to consider flexibility as one of the main issues of the project. The aim is to improve the current features of the Villanueva building increasing the space dedicated to collections.
Volume clarity. Centuries XVII – XIX – XXI
The intervention’s frame is defined by a great respect to the XVII century palace, the usage of the annexed palaces from the XIX century as intermediary elements and the inclusion of an atrium and a new floor as the volumes from XXI century. The use of the different materials will emphasize these volumes.
XVII century gallery and XXI gallery
This new building is an accurate expression of the past and future of the Prado Museum. The past is represented by the Hall of Realms, the European best art gallery in the XVII century. The future is expressed with the new contemporary hall, an art gallery from the XXI century, with enough height, free plan, top lighting and flexibility as exhibition space.
Acceses and flows
The former extention to the south façade is demolished looking for an adequate entrance. The atrium, a welcome space, becomes the more representative element of the project, in-between space from which to observe the old and new façade and the origin to reach all the exhibitions.
Architecture: Gluckman Tang Architects, Estudio Álvarez-Sala, Arquitectura Enguita & Lasso de la Vega
Developer: Museo Nacional del Prado
Urbanism and Public Spaces: Fernando Porras-Isla
Rehabilitation: Pedro Moleón Gavilanes
Restoration: Ana Laborde Marqueze
Structures and MEP: Arup España
Visuals: Estudio Álvarez-Sala