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Francisco Mangado: V&A Design Studies

Projects by Francisco Mangado’s practice include the Ávila Congress and Exhibitions Municipal Centre, the Álava Archaeology Museum and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2008 Zaragoza Expo

An angular, corridor-like structure encases the north, west and south borders of the site, creating a peaceful, cloistered circulation space around the perimeter. The corridor is constructed from glass, which offers a new framing of the museum’s historic facade. The floor of the central courtyard – intended as a tranquil gathering space – is tiled with geometric mosaics inspired by African textiles. The new exhibition space is column-free and provides a blank canvas for numerous exhibition configurations.

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