The ABC of drawing and illustration
New Museum ABC in Madrid is one of the rare spaces in Europe that is dedicated to contemporary drawing and illustration. It stands out for its vibrant cultural offer and its design by studio Aranguren & Gallegos.
With the renovation of a former factory in Calle de Amaniel, near the gardens of Plaza de España, the intent was to address the design challenges typical of a historic context, without forsaking a contemporary aesthetic.
By strengthening the elements of discontinuity already present in the building, like the prismatic facade of the entrance, the museum can now be accessed from both sides, creating a connection between 2 city streets in the internal patio.
The Spanish studio primarily tried to increase the functional (and evocative) possibilities of the historic center. They did so by creating a "tensioned vacuum", a "spatial dihedron", formed by the horizontal plane of the floor of the patio and the vertical place of the internal façade of the former factory.
Both planes are coated in steel, of an opaque, grey shade, and both present similar triangular openings that filter the light from outside.
ABC Museum is a private initiative sponsored by numerous companies with the sole purpose of promoting the world of art. This new home and frame for over 200,000 drawings and 1500 artists is also thanks to Fundaciòn Santander, la Fundaciòn Madrileña, Caser, Prosegur and Schindler.
Photos via museoabc.es
27 August 2012
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