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Built on the ground floor of an existing Health Centre, the new El Molinete Museum by Temperaturas Extremas Arquitectos was designed so that it does not substantially affect the remains of the Roman Curia, around which the project is organized. Within this new landmark museum space, more than 20 years of archaeological research into the historic remains that exist on-site are on display to the public.
The project comprises three parts: the new museum within the existing Health Care building, plus the Molinete Archeological park on the roof, which can now be accessed from the new museum.
The new museum occupies the lower three floors the Health Center. The ground floor contains the reception and visitor access points as well as services rooms. An audiovisual room is also located on this floor. An intermediate floor hosts different exhibition rooms and a small multipurpose room, while the third and final floor connects with the rest of the Archaeological Park.
Given that the museum occupies the lower floors of an existing building, glass was heavily relied upon to bring as much natural light as possible into the space. An epoxy floor, natural sisal fabrics, and perforated steel sheeting create a distance with the stone roman world, while colours follow ancient tones found in excavations. The interior temperature is kept at 19 degrees Celsius with humidity at 65% to best preserve historic pieces.
An excavation of the Curia, following its footprint, is at the centre of the museum space. With a ceiling height of 8m, translucent plastic cylinders are suspended from above, creating a canopy and giving the space a volume and character that shows deference to ancient artifacts, while still expressing a contemporary architecture.