MUSAC – Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla & León


In accordance with the objectives of the Regional Council of Castilla y León, the new Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla & León has become the focal point for contemporary art in this region, establishing a firm relationship between artists in the area and international tendencies.
The MUSAC was opened in december 2004 and the first exhibition took place in april 2005. The Museum was opened but none of the works of art purchased were exhibited so that the visitors could appreciate the building and architecture themselves.
The project was designed by two Spanish architects, Luis Moreno Mansilla y Emilio Tuñón Alvarez, both being renowned Professors at the Madrid School of Architecture.
The design is based on a flexible system that provides a practical solution to the changing cultural programs for the museum. The complex geometry of the building is based on 11-meter tall cubes
and isoscelic rhombuses with 70º and 110º angles.
To arrive to the museum, one must cross a large plaza. The facade of the building has large coloured glass walls that give an idea of what is to be found inside.
The exhibition rooms are designed as a series of waving ribbons, leaving open spaces between them to create a flexible combination of exhibition rooms and patios.
The five exhibition rooms each have a different size, covering a total surface area of 3,400 m2. The open-air exhibition patios cover 1,300 m2, which can be expanded to 1,500 m2 by taking advantage of part of the public plaza.
The total built surface area is 9,400 m2 including a reception area, an information area, cloakroom, exhibition rooms, cafeteria, restaurant and gift shop.
The exterior area covers 10,800 m2, including exhibition patios, patios around the perimeter, the plaza, cargo area, parking and landscaping.
The structure of the building is made up of white concrete walls made on site and the roof has pre-fabricated beams also in white concrete.The exterior walls have several layers made up of a concrete wall, a humidity barrier, light and heat protected insulation, galvanised steel and coloured glass curtain wall finishes.
The installations are designed so that their maintenance does not affect the operations of the building. The distribution and return of heat and A/A, electricity, special installations and communication are located in continuous galleries that run along the ceiling and are controlled from the exterior of the building.