“…cities, like society, are in continuous development. they grow and renew themselves; they don´t stay frozen in time. throughout history, architecture has left us many examples of this looking forward this progress. the new royal collections museum doesn´t show itself to the city from the city as such.” 
23/08/2011 § Leave a comment
mansilla + tuñon, royal collections musuem (in progress)
…in a different way, the project for the museum for the royal palace collections could also be described as geological. sitting at the limit of the city, embedded into the landscape, the project required extensive sitework. it is impossible to separate out the building as an object distinct from the construction of the site itself. this is a project that operates between culture and geology: it needed to navigate a delicate cultural history at the same time that it had to solve complex geo-technical engineering issues. the architectural language is highly abstract. a thick screen of concrete pillars shifts in and out of phase, creating variable conditions of natural light, and shading the galleries from the strong western sun. the floor heights are lightly registered, like the traces of geological strata, and broad ramps extend out into the garden, like a rock fall at the bottom of a cliff. on a site with such a complex cultural history, to add yet another cultural reference risks trivializing that very history. instead, the project presents itself as a geological fact: the product of accumulated deposits over time, shaped by the action of natural forces. in this way, mansilla + tuñon allow the project to achieve the dignity it requires while still accommodating the complex needs of the modern museum…
– stan allen 
between culture and geology
a young hare
 title comes from mónica alberola and chinina martorell’s article “four kings” found in arquitectura 363. for a larger excerpt consult this post on mansilla + tuñon’s blog.
 the following excerpt by stan allen can be found on this post also found on mansilla + tuñon’s blog. the full article “disciplined play: some recent projects of mansilla + tuñon can be found in print in av 144 (madrid 2011).
[images] all images were taken from mansilla + tuñon’s blog.