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The MA: Andalucia's Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza

  • 01:00 - 24 March, 2010
The MA: Andalucia's Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza
The MA: Andalucia's Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Granada, Andalucía, Spain
  • Architect

     Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Collaborators

     Alejandro Cervilla García, Ignacio Aguirre López
  • Structure

    Andrés Rubio Morán, Mª Concepción Pérez Gutiérrez
  • Engineering

    R. Úrculo Ingenieros Consultores S.A.
  • Client

     Caja de Granada
  • Estudiantes

    Miguel Cabrillo, Sergio Sánchez Muñoz, Petter Palander
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. We would like to make “the most beautiful building” for the Museo de al Memoria de Andalucía (Andalusia’s Museum of Memory) in Granada. The MA. A museum that wishes to transmit the entire history of Andalusia. As early as Roman times, Strabo described the inhabitants of Andalusia as “the most cultivated of the Iberians, who have laws in verse.”

© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

Our project for the MA is a building in line with the Central Headquarters of the CAJA GRANADA Savings Bank that we finished in 2001. We propose a podium building measuring 60x120 m and rising three stories, so that its upper floor coincides with the podium of the main CAJA GRANADA building. And its façade as well. Everything is arranged around a central courtyard, in elliptical form in which circular ramps rise, connecting the three levels and creating a very interesting spatial tension. The dimensions of the elliptical courtyard have been taken from the courtyard of the Palace of Charles the V in the Alhambra.

© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

And to crown it all, as if it were a Gate to the City, a strong vertical piece emerges, the same height and width as the main building of the CAJA GRANADA. It thus appears before the highway that circles Granada as a screen-façade that sends messages over the large plasma screens that will cover it entirely. Like Piccadilly Circus in London or Times Square in New York.

© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

And to finish the entire operation, a large horizontal platform all the way to the River, the MA open FIELD that will serve as a public space in that new area of the city of Granada.

© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

The new building, silent in its forms, is resounding in its elements to communicate the messages of the new millennium in which we are already immersed.

© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "The MA: Andalucia's Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza" 24 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Gerardo Martinez · September 19, 2011

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Laura Chandler · August 05, 2011

Saw this a number of times on hols with @cg__ ended up at Carrefour instead (they sold puppies!) via @archdaily

Aviva Novick · June 28, 2011

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A · April 28, 2011

I have been here and I really enjoyed it. I think that while someone made a comment implying it was sterile, the spiral adds a real sense of delight and just sheer joy to the circulation.
Yes, you do need sunglassses walking through that courtyard, but it really is an incredibly delightful building. It really belongs in its context and adds to it, both walking through the building, which is beautifully detailed, into the courtyard and around the building itself.

sharwe · April 18, 2011

Andalucia’s Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza ?????????????????????

António João Antunes · February 06, 2011

Besides the building itself is a landmark of great importance to Anadalucia.

António João Antunes · February 06, 2011

The spiral inside reminds me of Guggenheim Museum in NY, although I'm saying this in a positive manner.
I'm sure this space was thought to have objects of a considerable dimension in exhibition.
Good work!

RemKool · July 08, 2010

Una idea tan básica tan de estudiante de tercer año,
que resulta casi ofensiva.
Pasaje de ida a Holanda para Campo Baeza, a ver si
logra comprender la complejidad
inherente al capitalismo del siglo XXI !

hector · August 10, 2010 04:22 PM

a ver a los nunca esquematicos mvrdv, koolhas y compañia no? que sea sencillo no quiere decir que no sea profundo y sutil. Aunque dicho sea de paso alberto ha bajado un poco la intensidad con la edad. La casa turegano y la caja de granada nunca seran igualadas en su carrera

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Hashimoto LaLaLa · April 04, 2010

Alberto Campo Baeza

Ben · March 30, 2010

I think sunglasses are imperative to walk in such a bright and clean space as where the ramps spiral. I'm not sure how much functional sense those make, but the space is unique. The detail where the spiral ramp meets the connecting flat walkways seems borderline hazardous, with its awkward uneven step height.

The cafe space on the top floor of the building is truly amazing. I feel a sort of vertigo looking at Javier Calleja's photo, there is an amazing sense of being suspended over the landscape. I would love to have dinner up there around sunset!

cranbury · March 30, 2010

... I love the circle within the oval. The tension it creates is mind-blowing.

...The penguin's sectional cameo is brilliant.

...and a 10mm ramp edge!!!

Tom Patteson · November 01, 2011 05:53 PM

Cranbury: Regarding the ramp section detail with the penguins: Can you tell me how the IPN 180's are connected to the main steel section at the center? I don't get it?

Architecture News · March 28, 2010

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Marcelo Donadussi · March 28, 2010

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that's what she · March 26, 2010

so fresh and so clean

fidello · March 26, 2010

Alberto! why are you copying Ando Tadao architectural language?
not nice, such an ArchiTect?

Saymon · March 30, 2010 06:41 PM

copying Ando´s language? this comment is obviously based on a few piectures with a complete missunderstanding of the building and architecture itself.

bernard · March 25, 2010

I'm an architect too for all that matters and I'm not too keen on the detail of the column supporting the ramps. Come on, a beautiful curved ramp flowing into each other and then support it with a rectangular L shaped column/beam like they had no tme to think about it properly. Maybe I'm missing something or maybe the pic is not clear. And I also agree with Rogue that there's no connection with Andalucía but even so it doesn't have to - fair enough!

grumps · March 25, 2010

alejandro, yes, some interior views would be nice. otherwise this is a wonderfully spartan project. and I don't mind the overt discursive references, cause face it, we are all fishing in the past at one point or another during any design process. I wonder though if adding the large plasma screen will override the design's bluntness by making it even more blunt? hmm...

biboarchitect · March 25, 2010

simply amazing! & agree with Rogue about the hospital issue

SWG STUDIO · March 25, 2010

Andalucia’s Museum of Memory by Alberto Campo Baeza.

biboarchitect · March 25, 2010

simply amazing! & i agree about the hospital comment Rogue

DellaValleBernheimer · March 25, 2010

RT @archdaily: Campo Baeza architecture always leaves me speechless: :|

Rogue · March 25, 2010

Am I missing something? It looks like a hospital or a pharmaceutical company,not a history museum. And does it remind me of Andalucía? Not really, it makes me think of a hospital, cleanliness, antiseptic-ness, etc.
But then again, what do I know, you guys must be the experts...

Francis · March 25, 2010

Been waiting years to see the completed project and it does not disappoint. Exquisitely executed. Refreshingly sparse. I am intrigued to know more about the interior of the building... and obviously it will warrant a visit.

Graham Burn · March 25, 2010

About time this got some coverage. Enjoy

isla · March 25, 2010

with siza and pawson, the best 3 world architects...

Joao · March 25, 2010

... Next thing they are going to do is the 5th Avenue next to the museum hahaha. Anyway, it's a beautiful museum.

alejandro · March 25, 2010

I find it really strong, blunt, intense and self evident, perhaps a bit excessive with all the architectural methadiscurse e.g. Charles V palace, penguins’ in the ramp detail to make the obvious relation to Lubetkin penguin’s pool, the conceptual diagrams to establish a clear and premeditated relationship between la Cajas office building and the new museum from its conception.
I would like to know more about the interior, to see how these blunt architecture deals with the exhibits. Because after you see the images and read the text you end up feeling that whatever they put inside doesn´t matter, the space is what matters, I´m an architect and love space but at the end the exhibits have their importance.

Architecture News · March 24, 2010

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William · March 24, 2010


mac · March 24, 2010

Lubetkin: penguin pool...beatiful !!


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