The Royal Collections Museum in Madrid by Mansilla & Tuñón was built taking into account the classic structure of the Royal Palace and the modern concept of a descending museum. The Art Museum is expected to be open in 2020 and will be located in a new building in the gardens of the Campo del Moro park next to the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. It is intended to house paintings, sculptures, tapestries, luxury objects, carriages and other works of art and historical pieces that the different kings of Spain were treasuring throughout history.
Royal Collections Museum Technical Information
- Architects: Luis Moreno Mansilla + Emilio Tuñón
- Typology: Cultural Architecture / Museum
- Location: El Pardo, 28048, Madrid, Spain
- Area: 50.000 m2
- Collection Size: 155,000 Artworks
- Client: Patrimonio Nacional de España
- Material: Concrete, Granite
- Main consulting firms: J.G. Asociados, Alfonso Gómez Gaite.
- Main Contractor: FCC S.A., Dragados.
- Competition Year: 1999-2002
- Project year: 2002-2015
- Opening year: 2020
- Photographs: © Luis Asin © Patrimonio Nacional
The Royal Collections Muesum is conservative and radical. It is a radical building, but also mimetic. In fact, it could not exist autonomously, but is vicarious of what exists, prolongs it and uses its systems.
– Emilio Tuñon1
Royal Collections Museum Photographs
© Patrimonio Nacional
Royal Collections Museum description by the Architects
From the urban point of view, the Museum of Royal Collections is based on two basic principles: First, the museum is part of the natural-artificial landscape of the western ledge of Madrid, and secondly, the new building preserves the public character and open from the Almudena’s square. The Royal Collections Museum broadens the base of the Royal Palace, building a linear space that follows the traces of the palace itself. The three levels of exposure conform to three distinct collections: tapestries, paintings, and carriages. Each of these showrooms is organized with a span of a hundred and twenty meters long and sixteen meters wide.
Royal Collections Museum Floor Plans and Sections
About Mansilla & Tuñon
Luis M. Mansilla (1959-2012) and Emilio Tuñón Alvarez (1959) founded Mansilla + Tuñón Architects in 1992. Mansilla + Tuñón Architects was a Madrid based office, dedicated to the confrontation of theory, and academic practice, with design and building activity. They received the Spanish Fine Arts Gold Medal 2014, the Mies van der Rohe Award 2007, and the Spanish National Architecture Award 2003.
Emilio Tuñón and Luis Mansilla developed most of their academic career at the Architectural Design Department of the Architecture School of Madrid, as full professors. Additionally, they taught as visiting professors at Princeton University School of Architecture (springs 2008, 2009 and 2010), Harvard Graduate School of Design (spring 2006), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (spring 2005), Barcelona International Architecture School (2001-2002), Frankfurt Städelschule (1997-1998), Architecture San Pablo CEU Foundation (2000-2001), Barcelona Architecture School (1999-2000), New Puerto Rico Architecture School (summer 2000) and Navarra Architecture School (springs 1999 and 2011).
Royal Collection Museum contest images by the Architects
Colecciones Reales Museum Gallery
- Emilio Tuñon in an interview in El Cultural by Inmaculada Maluenda and Enrique Encabo,