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Foster and Chipperfield shortlisted in Madrid museum contest

Norman Foster and David Chipperfield
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Foster + Partners and David Chipperfield Architects are among eight teams vying to overhaul Madrid’s iconic Hall of Realms

Foster + Partners has teamed up with Madrid’s Rubio Arquitectura to bid for the job while David Chipperfield Architects is working with B720 Arquitectura of Barcelona.

Local practice Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, the architects behind the new façade for Bristol Royal Infirmary,  and Netherlands-based OMA are also competing for the high-profile 1,765m² project.

The full shortlist

  • Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
  • B720 Arquitectura-David Chipperfield Architects
  • Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) Stedebouw B.V.
  • Souto Moura Arquitectos – Juan Miguel Hernández León – Carlos de Riaño Lozano
  • Foster + Partners– Rubio Arquitectura
  • Garces de Seta Bonet Arquitectes – Pedro Feducci Canosa
  • Gluckman Tang Architects – Estudio Álvarez Sala – Arquitectura Enguita y Lasso de la Vega

Planned to complete in 2019, the project will transform the historic building – known locally as the Salón de Reinos – into a 1,765m² new wing for the nearby Prado Museum.

The eight finalists were chosen from 47 applications and have until 30 October to draw up conceptual proposals for the building which is expected to focus on Spanish history.

According to its original announcement: ‘The aim of the competition is to select a team of architects on the basis of the best proposal to restore the Hall of Realms and create an alternative display space of outstanding quality for the Prado in which to present particular parts of the collection and mount an exhibition programme that focuses on key themes within Spanish history and artistic patrimony.

‘The addition of this building to the Prado Museum’s Campus, which was envisaged in the parliamentary agreements on the museum of 1995, is the principal goal of the celebrations to mark the museum’s imminent 200th anniversary, which takes place in 2019.’

Constructed in 1635, the landmark structure was originally part of Alonso Carbonell’s enormous Buen Retiro Palace which was mostly demolished in the nineteenth century.

The Prado Museum purchased the Hall of Realms last year after its previous occupant – Madrid’s army museum – relocated elsewhere.

The winning team will receive around £40,000 and the design commission which is expected to be worth approximately £1.4 million. Each finalist team will also take home around £30,000.



Source: Image by Luis Garcia

The Hall of Realms

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