National Museum of Science and Technology in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain


Original project: Arts Centre of A Coruna
Museum and Dance School.
First Prize International Competition


Nowadays, the building has been refurbished as
National Museum of Science and Technology


Yes, two buildings into one.
A dance school and a Museum.
aceboxalonso defined a proposal to build one single volume that includes itself two different programs.

Dance school program is organized INTO the white body. Museum inhabits the space ON the school, between the white body and the abstract cubic volume. That means the project is divided in two spaces that do not see at each other.

Dance School building works as a speciallized-storey volume, with different programs each box, keeping  areas out of contact in order to avoid noise problems.

Then comes the global volume to close, first with a steel mesh and then with glass.

Propierties of the surface on the global volume became a hard point to decide. Glass, but many questions came with it.




The way you read an space has a strong relation
to the way the structure expresses itself.
Disturbing space comes from the idea of hiding the
way that big and heavy volumes holds in the air.
First unpredictable: this structure is not cantilevered,
but supported on the facades.
Second: long span is not a problem with 4m tall beams,
but 20x20m flat roofs and floor yes they are.
Third:facade mesh express non-ordered scheme
Fourth: top storey steel beams lines.

UN- predictable sistems:
Facade mesh has to support horizontal
tensions, and the lines are displayed through
the whole volume to avoid a direct read of
structural triangle elements, hiding the way
it works and emphasizing the idea of continuity
around the space.

UN- predictable sistems:
roof steel beams are designed on a double scheme
that allows the air ducts to move freely in the upper
plan. Algorithm of the lines modifys the flux of loads.



OPORTUNITIES:Many details have been found in the way that they
wers not in the original project. For example, standard electrical
floor boxes were substituted by cast iron urban elements,
much heavier and thick, but specially, far more interesting as a
constructive item. but specially, far more interesting
as a constructive item.


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