The roof and body of the 19th-century building are removed in favor of a large hall in the attic and an atrium linked to a new square to be executed wih a portico of bronze pillars or by taking advantage of existing pillars. Resolving the new atrium
Large pillars and beams of reinforced concrete that follow the modular composition of the old facade form a loggia on the south wing of the building, the ground level of which contains a small reception area.
The new element is incrusted between the south facade’s two projections and contains reception and circulation areas, creating an atrium connected to the Hall of Realms and, on the other side, opening to views.
To connect the building to the Casón del Buen Retiro without tampering with existing accesses, a ramp from Calle Felipe IV is created. All circulation elements are placed in a vertical atrium set along the south facade.
Access is from street level, crossing a permeable membrane that encloses an atrium which agglutinates the reception area and circulation elements. An exhibition hall up in the attic completes the proposal.
The central piece, a 19th-century addition, is eliminated and replace with a volume of rigorous geometry held up by plinth that opens to the public and communicates with it through a triptych for posters.
Centered on making the interiors a historical and material collage, the project leaves the facade practically intact. The exception is the south wing, which is perforated so that large swing windows can be installed.
The mansard roof and the south wing, added in the 19th century, are replaced by a slightly sloping roof and a low construction, aligned with the square, which has the same height and materials as the existing building’s plinth.
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