Site Museum of Paracas Culture
Barclay & Crousse Arquitectos 
Site Museum of Paracas Culture

Site Museum of Paracas Culture

Barclay & Crousse Arquitectos 

The building replaces the one destroyed in 2007 by an earthquake. Its design keeps the rectangular geometry and compactness of the previous museum, with a crack containing intermediate spaces that separate the outreach areas from the research spaces, framing the views of the sky and of the vast desert landscape. The layout of the exhibition spaces is the result of an apparently contradictory hybridization of the labyrinthine and spiral sequences typical of pre-Columbian architecture and the fluid, continuous transparency of contemporary buildings. In response to the harsh climate of the place, the building incorporates a skylight conceived as an environmental correction device that deals with the demanding bioclimatic conditions of the desert while serving to define the silhouette of the museum, built entirely in reddish pozzolan cement. The external geometry reinterprets the features of the Paracas textiles, one of the highest technological and artistic expressions of this ancestral Peruvian culture…[+][+][+]

Cliente Client
Agencia Española para la Cooperación Internacional (AECID), Ministerio de Cultura

Arquitectos Architects
Sandra Barclay, Jean Pierre Crousse (socios partners); Rodrigo Apolaya (equipo team)

Antonio Blanco (estructura structure); Consorcio Paracas (constructora contractor)

Superficie Area
1.220 m²

Presupuesto Budget
800.000 €

Fotos Photos
Cristóbal Palma