Refurbishment and extension of the Spanish Royal Academy in RomeJesús Aparicio Donaire Milans Arquitectos
- Typologies Refurbishment Culture / Leisure
- City Rome
- Country Italy
The proejct ‘Futuro Precedent’ (Future Precedent) – drawn up by the Spanish practices of Jesús Aparicio and Donaire Milans, in collaboration with the local architects and heritage experts Francesco Cellini and María Margarita Segarra with the restorer Alejandro Pajares – has won the competition to renovate the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome. This complex of great historical value has served as a residence for artists, authors, scholars, and other eminences of our country’s cultural sphere, and is a result of the combination of construction elements incorporated between 1480 and the 1940s.
Forty teams submitted designs. The jury – with Iñaqui Carnero, Juan Bordes, Elías Torres, Margherita Guccione, and María Langarita among the members – described the entry that took first prize (with a 30,000-euro award) as a “proposal ro refurbish and reorganize the monumental complex's existing spaces, and at the same time to manage the movement of residents and visitors, restituting the Chapel of San Antonio as an entryway into the romantic garden, while making apertures and opening up views on the north facade." The judges also commended the strategy of enlarging the useful spaces by thickening the perimetral walls towards both Vía Garibaldi and Porta de San Pancracio.
The second prize went to '1748,' by Pereda Pérez Arquitectos, Massimo Cardone, and Marco Petrangeli, and the third to 'Mica Aurea,' by the temporary venture (UTE) of Jorge Palomero, Sofía Romeo Gurrea-Nozaleda, Miguel Sotos Fernández-Zúñiga, Adrián Paterna Ferrón, and Gonzalo Peña Sancho.