Roofs of Prado Museum



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    The main goal was to recover the former shape of the roofs of the original project of Villanueva. Maximal simplification of the covering roof materials led us from the previous state of ten materials to only two: the lead, used on all of the roofs, and the glass, used both for skylights on the newly created North, both used so to remodel of the original roofs of the Villanueva project.

    The roofs of the three successive enlargements of the Museum (A – 1914, B – 1995 and C – 1964 and 1968) are integrated in the new design by eliminating the sloping roofs of the extension of the extension C in contact with the Villanueva building. The layout and the cornices are recovered by the creation of the visitable inverted flat roof, in which all of the current and future services are placed in order, liberating the inclined roofs and the Velázquez Pavillion. They also serve as a comfortable access to the vaults of the new roofs of the extensions A and B. We proposed a unique roof solution for the extensions A and B with longitudinal skylines oriented exclusively to the North, eliminating all current accessories such as slats, awnings, etc. New vaults prevent the excessive illumination and heat produced by glass roofs.

    Key Facts

    Restoration of the Padro Museum Roofs. 2001

    Client: Ministerio de Cultura, Patronato del Museo del Prado
    Architects: Rafael Olalquiaga SorianoDionisio Hernández Gil
    Location: Madrid, España
    Purpose: Museum
    Area: All of the roofs area
    Budget: 975.188.597,00 pta / 5.861.000,00 €
    Structural Engineer: MZOUEntrecanalesFCC
    Mechanical Engineer: JG Ingenieros
    Photography: Estudio Paisajes Españoles
    Technical Engineer: Santiago HernándezJC Coronas
    Collaborators: Pedro Rodríguez Agudín, Luis Miguel Rincón , Pablo Olalquiaga

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