Yet another hotspot on Spain’s already-impressive map of wonderful, if sometimes bizarre, museums, this Monteagudo Museum has been realised by the Madrid-based practice Amann Cánovas Maruri in 2010. Known also as Centro de Visitantes de San Cayetano, the two-storey building is located on a site of high archeological importance, on a hill of Monteagudo, in the south-eastern Region of Murcia. Featuring an intricately-detailed, weathering steel façade which envelopes the otherwise austere, concrete building, the museum ‘tends to adapt to multiple boundary conditions, responding to the preservation of the remains, with special attention to the integration into the hillside.’
More about the project:
‘The building is a journey and a parasite clinging to the mountain. The ground floor has a public vocation in the sense of projecting open to neighbours. Its great walls of steel truss, sometimes sliding, and built concrete rooms are bare rudely. Provide shelter and connection to the outside.
On the upper floor are structured the permanent and temporary showrooms, is a closed place and guarded, which is only open to look in a controlled manner to the best views of the valley and the castle. The building is also then a gazebo, a window becomes a showcase and framed exterior parts that should be shown to be seized.
The building is constructed with exposed concrete structural screens and shutters on the ground floor. In the top section, a metal structure closes with a panel of multiple sheets, topped with a skin of perforated Cor-Ten steel, which acts as final layer of the facade.’