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Alicante Contemporary Art Museum

This project emerges from two individual, singular points which propose a very well defined field of work from the outset:

-  On the one hand, this is a building for a previously established art collection from the 1950s-1970s, including the collection donated to the city by Spanish artist Eduardo Sempere. This collection consists of works by modern artists: Calder, Vasarely, Chillida, Julio González and Sempere himself.

-  On the other hand, the location I the historic centre of Alicante, its slope parameters (10m), its language, its context and its orientation, all produce a unique atmosphere in the shadow of the Castle, the sea horizon and the proximity of the little Santa María Square and Church.

These two starting points - the relationship with a realm of artistic and perceptive references, and the relationship with the context of Alicante's historic centre - suggest a way of understanding and developing the project in its programmatic, spatial and perceptive solution.

The use of the stone, with its closely wall- related language, connects with the convent language of the adjacent church and the city's old quarter, while at the same time integrating Alicante's old "Asegurada Museum" building into a single volume, renovating and including the annexed spaces into the exhibition areas.

The stone volume, which absorbs the perimeter slope, is completed with a volumetrically defined vitreous piece, broken perceptively by a double transparent skin that cracks the volume with moiré reflections and games in a language that revives the 1950's and 60's kinetic art.

The interior exhibition space is bounded by continuous, diaphanous northern light, value-adding to three spatial /exhibition situations:

-  The first horizontal level, in continuity with a rhythm of vertical compressions and dilations.
-  The second level with its transversal rooms, which relate to the vertical dilations.
-  Finally the top floor with its horizontal space, juxtaposed with syncopated vertical and horizontal spaces. This room stitches together the three courtyards - black, white and gold - with three perceptive situations related to the optical illusions used by the 1960's kinetic artists brought here into the outdoor space with changes of scale and references to the place.

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Principal Architects: Sol Madridejos and Juan Carlos Sancho

Assistant-Technical Architect: Mariano García

Project Leader: Ana Vinagre

Study Collaborators: Esther Jimenez, Marta Toral, Andrey García, Carlos Chacón, Sebastián Severino, Mafalda Ribeiro, Friedrich Jan Rohde, Ernesto Revilla, Itziar Quirós and Ascensión Gutierrez

Photographs: Hisao Suzuki

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