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"Section of Museum of Civilizations", by Juan Miro, 1985.
Ink drawing on vellum, drawn at 1:500 scale.
This project was developed while I was a student at the ETSAM (the School of Architecture of the the Polytechnic University of Madrid). It was for a Studio course taught by Juan Daniel Fullaondo, a great professor and architect. His assignments were always open-ended and his class discussions always intellectually challenging.
For this course he proposed the design of a a large cultural complex outside the city of San Sebastian in the North of Spain. It included, in addition to a large museum, a library, a performing arts center and an outdoor auditorium.
Inspired by the 18th century French architect Boullee, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Dante's La Divina Comedia, I designed the museum around a 50 meters sphere.
Wrapping around the sphere, the museum is comprised of eight levels. Each level is devoted to a particular theme, starting at the top with Archeology, followed by Ethnography, Civilizations, Cities, Cemeteries, Magic and Superstition, Violence and War and, at the lowest level, Hell.
Visitors start their journey at the top level and descend from there. Once they reach the middle level, they would circulate inside the sphere through a spiraling ramp that ends with the access to the Museum of Hell. The museum was laid out and curated based on Dante's Inferno description of hell.
Below the Museum of Hell there is an exit that brings visitors back up again.
Interior sphere's diameter is 50 meters (164').