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Historic Museum Renovations

Planners will Incorporate Modern Architecture into the Museo del Prado

— November 29, 2016 — Art & Design
London architecture firm Foster + Partners and Madrid firm Rubio Arquitectura are slated to overhaul the Museo del Prado, the most important museum of art in Spain. The project involves reorganizing the floors and replacing the roofs of the 17th century Hall of Realms, an extension off of the Museo del Prado.

The Hall of Realms is actually older than the museum itself. Originally, the building at that location in Madrid was a palace (and the Hall of Realms was a wing of said palace.) The Museo del Prado was built later, in the 19th century. As such, the Hall of Realms is especially in need of repairs.

The architects will build two major changes. First, the layout of the floors inside will be adjusted to add more room for artwork. Second, the firms will incorporate solar cells into a new, modern roof.
Trend Themes
1. Modernizing Museum Architecture - Opportunity for architecture firms to incorporate modern design and technology into historic museum renovations.
2. Maximizing Art Space - Potential for redesigning museum floors to create more room for artworks and enhance visitor experiences.
3. Sustainable Retrofitting - Rising demand for integrating solar cells and green solutions into building renovations, including historic structures.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects have the opportunity to showcase disruptive innovation by redesigning historic museum structures with modern features.
2. Art and Culture - The art and culture industry can benefit from the incorporation of new design elements and enhanced exhibition spaces in renovated museums.
3. Renewable Energy - The renewable energy sector can explore opportunities to retrofit historic buildings with sustainable solutions, such as solar cells.
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