Invited to participate in a series of utopian projects for Madrid, Siza returned to the Parque del Oeste, near the site of his unrealized competition-winning project for the Ministry of Defense Cultural Center. His proposal includes two elements; the first, a garden on the site of the Cultural Center, is a level plane, which, given the steep slope of the site, is banked into the earth for most of its exent. Two walkways cross this space perpendicularly, and one tunnels under the street to reach two galleries, located in the park itself, that house Picasso’s Guernica and his sculpture Pregnant Woman. One of these galleries projects obliquely over the sloping park, while the other curves, becoming perpendicular to the first. The floor of the straight gallery slopes and its ceiling ascends, creating a false perspective. A line of central columns is interrupted by an opening, through which one may contemplate the Guernica canvas, located on another wall which screens a mirador or lookout. The curved galleries look towards the mountains north of the city, one of the most characteristic panoramas of Madrid... [+]
Consorcio para Madrid 92.
José Manuel Horcajadas.