April 2, 2013
This project won the 2013 Architizer A+ Jury and Popular Choice Awards in the art galleries category. See the full list of winners here.
In another Architizer A+ Award upset, “DOMUSae, Spaces for Culture,” an exhibition at Madrid’s Salón de Reinos, swept both the Jury and Popular Choice Prizes for best art gallery. Appealing to professional critics and architecture fans-at-large, “DOMUSae, Spaces for Culture” fuses contemporary gallery spaces with a historic baroque armory. By showcasing a selection of canonical Spanish buildings within an opulent historic edifice, Architects Aparicio + Donaire celebrates the extensive architectural patrimony of Spain in downtown Madrid.
The architects were thrilled to be able to exhibit within Salón de Reinos, a 17th-century wing of the Royal Buen Retiro Palace. The grand halls of the former armory are capped with fresco-covered vaults and elaborate plasterwork from the former days of the colonial Spanish Empire. Chief project architect Jesus Donaire says that the opportunity to use the uninhabited building to house the exhibition “enabled us to construct an exhibition route through the building’s empty spaces. This means that the visitor can simultaneously enjoy the content of the exhibition and experiment by way of spatial transition with new ways of seeing the original building.” Read more after the jump!