Unusual Architecture + [Spain]

Granada, Provincia di Granada, Spagna: [THE MA BY ALBERTO CAMPO BAEZA]
Alberto Campo Baeza

“We would like to make “the most beautiful building” for the Museo de la Memoria de Andalucía (Andalusia’s Museum of Memory) in Granada.

Alberto Campo Baeza

The MA. a museum that would convey the entire history of Andalusia. As early as Roman times, the geographer Strabo described the inhabitants of Andalusia as “the most cultivated of the Iberians, whose laws are written in verse.”

Alberto Campo Baeza

Our project for the MA is a building that continues the Central Headquarters of the CAJA GRANADA Savings Bank that we finished in 2001.

Alberto Campo Baeza

We propose a podium-like structure measuring 60×120 m and rising three stories, so that its upper level coincides with the podium of the main CAJA GRANADA building.

Alberto Campo Baeza

And its façade as well. Everything is arranged around a central courtyard, an elliptic form through which circular ramps rise, connecting the three levels and creating interesting spatial tensions.

Alberto Campo Baeza

The dimensions of the elliptical courtyard have been borrowed from the courtyard of the Palace of Charles the V in the Alhambra.

Alberto Campo Baeza

And to finish the whole a strong vertical piece emerges, as if it were a Gate to the City, the same height and width as the main building of the CAJA GRANADA.

Alberto Campo Baeza

From the highway that encircles Granada it appears as a screen-like façade covered with messages writ large plasma screens that entirely cover it. Like Piccadilly Circus in London or Times Square in New York.

Alberto Campo Baeza

And to finish the entire operation, a large horizontal platform extends all the way to the River, the MA FIELD, serving as a public space for this new quarter of the city of Granada.

Alberto Campo Baeza

The new building, silent in its forms, is loud in its elements used to communicate the messages of the new millennium in which we are already immersed.” Descriprion of the architect.

Alberto Campo Baeza
Alberto Campo Baeza

Alberto Campo Baeza
Alberto Campo Baeza

Location: Granada, Spain Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza Collaborators: Alejandro Cervilla García, Ignacio Aguirre López Structure: Andrés Rubio Morán, Mª Concepción Pérez Gutiérrez Engineering: R. Úrculo Ingenieros Consultores S.A. Students: Miguel Cabrillo, Sergio Sánchez Muñoz, Petter Palander Area: 15.000 sqm Year: 2006-2009 Client: Caja de Granada Photographs: Javier Callejas