The two Portuguese contemporary master architects have joined together for the design and construction process of a new museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The museum, named the “Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum” integrates two buildings into a single complex: a sculpture museum “International Contemporary Sculpture Museum” and the Abade Pedrosa Muncipal Museum itself.
Architects: Alvaro Siza / Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portugal
Client: Santo Tirso Municipality
Contractor: CARI Construtores SA (MIEC), Alberto Couto Alves, Construções Gabriel A.S. Couto, ACE (MMAP)
Location: Avenida Unisco Godiniz, 373, 4780 Santo Tirso, Portugal
Respecting and following the preliminary program delivered by the Municipality, the proposal is based on the construction of a new building to house the MIEC collection and renovation of the building where the MMAP currently operates . The connection between the two buildings is punctual and although functionally connects both, it allows to keep them independent in form and language. The aim is to access both museums by a common entrance through the new building. It is intended with this approach, create a unique customer service – atrium – with access to two museums that although they have different programs, they share some common areas.
The following images of the project were taken by Portuguese photographer João Morgado.
MIEC – INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE MUSEUM
The site for the construction of the MIEC has an area of 2156.83 sqm. The design of the new museum took into account the exception site where it is located, as well as the definition and adaptation to the surrounding environment and the Monastery of São Bento, building in which the Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa currently operates.
The Monastery of São Bento set from the beginning the premises of the volumes of the new Museum. The new building found the cornice of the lower limit of the Monastery as its maximum level, so as not to disturb or to overlap to this historic building, which will have to establish a physical relationship of continuity. This connection is made through an “arm” that starts in the main volume. For this connection take place, it was demolished an existing annex where, in our view, does not dignify the image of the Monastery.
The definition of volumetric proposal resulted from the intention of defining the square access to the new museum and also the old museum (Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa). From this premise, the new museum MIEC develops parallel to the existing north wall, releasing the south area to the promenade that faces the street Unisco Godiniz.
The interior walls are made of high density gypsum with metal partitioning. The interior walls are protected, mostly by a marble panelling in the public areas, or a marble skirting in exhibition areas. In the technical or service areas walls are protected by a wooden paneling to the height of the lintel of the door.
The slabs are mixed of reinforced concrete on iron profiles. Apart from the technical and service areas where it was applied self-leveling flooring or granite, the material used in the floor is marble.
All areas will be properly waterproofed and insulated. The waterproofed outdoor decks will be in Caverneira yellow granite. The window frames are made of wood with double glazing. The roof of the new museum (MIEC) visually exposed to the high levels of the city was subject to a surface treatment using ceramic tiles.
MMAP – MUNICIPAL MUSEUM ABADE PEDROSA
The Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa is located in the former guesthouse of the Monastery of São bento, a building integrating the heritage complex called – Monastery of São Bento, still classified as a National Monument.
The building is located on the north side of the city of Santo Tirso, near the River Ave.
The building has two floors, but only the top floor, at the level of the street Unisco Godinis, belongs to the Museum. Of rectangular plan and longitudinal development, it is organized to the west by a corridor which occupies the entire building length and to East by several rooms of different sizes and with specific links between them. The access to the rooms is carried out through the corridor several doors, sometimes more than one door for each room.
The granite masonry building has walls plastered with mortar clay painted in white, keeping the apparent granite in structural elements of the building, frames, pillars, fenestrations, entablatures, etc.
The South Elevation has a very highlighted pediment where inscribes a monumental coat of Order of São Bento. Symmetrical to the existing window, in place of the current museum entrance door and framing the coat, there was another window. In 1842, in the course of adaptation works, resulted in the destruction of this window and the construction of a small addition on east side of the face, whose architectural features wrested the strict symmetry of the original composition.
The building’s roof consists of a gabled roof, ceramic tile, supported by a brown wooden structure.
The proposed intervention in MMAP is based on two main principles: to preserve the architectural features of the existing building and replace the elements that return its original composition; secondly, to provide the museum with necessary structures to regular operation, particularly with respect to issues arising from the approval of the Security Plan, the conditions for the reception of the public and exhibition conditions of the temporary and permanent exhibitions areas.