According to Spanish media outlet El País, Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura have won an international ideas competition to design the new addition of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The team beat 47 other participants, including firms such as Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, OMA, and Souto Moura Arquitectos, and will be in charge of the renovation and transformation of the Salón de Reinos.
El País reports that the project will cost €30 million and will "provide a large atrium to access the building’s south façade." This "will lead to an exhibition space on the first story," while also making the park and surrounding site more pedestrian friendly.
During a press conference, the Spanish Minister of Culture, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, announced that construction will begin in 2019 to coincide with the bicentennial of the museum's founding. The Museo del Prado is not only one of Spain's most important museums but also enjoys international recognition and acclaim.
News via El País