PLANTA Art Museum (2014)

Client: FUNDACIÓ SORIGUÉ
Architect: KAAN Architecten/DOMAIN
Location: Lleida, Spain

Date: 2014-04-01 00:00:00 +0000
Tags: Spain, art museum, exposed concrete, visual, concrete

Planta is a working art museum, education centre and performance venue. Primarily a home for the personal art collection of the Sorigue Foundation it is much more than that. It is a building literally of its place with the materials used in its construction dug from the ground which houses the structure and built by the local people who operate the quarry on the site. As a response to the extreme landscape loads on the building and to compliment the environmental design the frame is a reinforced concrete double storey structure, approximately 200m in length and 70m in width which is to be partially buried underground.

Overlooking a live quarry, concrete production yard and olive farm, the alternatively soaring then intimate internal spatial qualities arose from an intensive process of debate and investigation. The exposed concrete finishes reflect that attention to detail with the profile of the reinforced waffle slabs in the ceiling being reflected in the form and appearance of the 75m long glazed facade.

Format provided early conceptual design of the structure as well as on-going expert advice.