_91 coac| ciudades de la infancia
_91 coac| herzog & de meuron
_92 arquitectura catalana en sevilla
_92 coac| pabellon catalan de sevilla
_99 andamios+medianeras




_95 coac| international property| uia
_99 la torre del reloj
_04 coac| fontana[re]mix
_90 coac| jean nouvel
spanish version








the Clock tower

This project was a part of a general rehabilitation program for the old section of the city of Gijón. Recent archaeological excavations prove the existence of an important roman settlement in this northern part of Spain. A new museographic program has been developed in order to incorporate archaeological studies and findings to the exhibition. The idea is to integrate the exhibition elements to the existing architecture. Walls, floors and stair volumes become showcases and therefore setting the small exhibition space free of single furniture pieces. A series of new skins cover the existing interior, leaving a certain interspace to place the archaeological pieces. Trapped in time by these new coverages, the pieces appear and disappear depending on the movements of the visitors. While some objects can be seen directly, others can only be discovered through the reflected image.

Introducing the notion of play and fluidity into the concept of a museum helps to understand such a cultural place in a more dynamic way as a city event. The visual connection through the different glass floors establishes a relation of space and time during the history of Gijon.

The different deposits excavated in the city are exhibited, assigning a horizontal plane to each one. Going from one floor to another means also to pass from one deposit to another.

This multiple programmatic situation will be a course time/ space not strictly lineal and attending to a multiplicity of connections, some expected and some unexpected and to flash-backs or advances into the future. At the same time it will be also insisting in some continuities or historic archetypes through the exhibition technique of the glass wall- showcase that runs through all the plans.







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