Easter Sculpture Museum
by Exit Architects

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Slideshow: Madrid studio Exit Architects designed this concrete sculpture museum behind the retained facade of an old house in southern Spain.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Translucent glazed walls connect the existing brick walls to the new three-storey-high structure, which is recessed by a few metres to create a public plaza at the main entrance.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Concrete tiles clad the exterior of the museum, while the interior walls are cast concrete, formed against timber.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

At ground level, the floor of a central exhibition hall snakes upwards on a series of parallel ramps to correspond with the steeply inclining site.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Chunky wooden platforms separate these ramps and provide exhibition stands for the display of artworks.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Huge folding doors at the back of the building allow larger sculptures to be transported inside the building with relative ease.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

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Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Here's a more comprehensive description from Exit Architects:


The Museum Project was the result of an ideas competition organized by the Hellín Municipality.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

The competition rules considered the refurbishment of the Casa del Conde as well as the construction of an extension on the plot area former occupied by some small service buildings of the house.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

In the competition winning proposal we included the completely refurbished Casa del Conde as a part of the Museum. We even wanted to give it a main role, incorporating the former backyard facade as the background of the new main exhibition space.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

The inner court of the house played also a significant role as an exhibition area which established a relationship between the old and the new parts. The upper levels hosted an administration area and a library.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Nevertheless, at the time we developed the Project, and after a rigorous inspection of the building we confirmed that it was not possible to refurbish the whole house at a reasonable cost, so we decided to concentrate all the efforts in preserving and restoring the painted façade and those valuable elements (stone columns, ironworks,…) we could recover for the museum.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

This way, the old façade, once disappeared the rest of the house, is no more only a construction element and becomes also a canvas, a decorated surface to be integrated in the museum as an exhibition object.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Indeed a very special one, due to the decisive role it plays in the relation of the building with its surroundings (the Assumption Church) and with the city history and memory.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Despite the disappearing of the house, we preserve the volume occupied buy it, as a mechanism to adequate to the surroundings scale.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

The new building steps backwards, creating a small square in front of the main visitors access.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Therefore the museum as a whole responds to a double urban scale, the close-scale of the street and the far-scale of the Church square.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Besides the building adapts itself to the steep slope of the plot decreasing its height in the longitudinal section so that it keeps always the urban scale of the surrounding houses.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Another mechanism to integrate the building and give it a representative character is the use, for the facades, of the same local stone as the one of the nearby Church, keeping the museum into the chromatic spectrum of the historic centre.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

In the inside, a white-concrete space, shaped by light, surrounds a sinuous way among the sculptures, which stand on several big wooden bases that organize the exhibition and contain the showcases for smaller objects.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

Therefore it happens just the opposite as in Easter, and in this case it is the visitor who wanders between the sculptures as he discovers them from different points.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

The great scale of the main space, the intentional use of light and the construction with few and durable materials give the interior a character very appropriate for the important collection of religious sculptures to be exposed.

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

project: EASTER SCULPTURE MUSEUM. HELLÍN. ALBACETE
architects: EXIT ARCHITECTS - IBÁN CARPINTERO / MARIO SANJUÁN
client: PUBLIC WORKS MINISTRY / HELLÍN MUNICIPALITY

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects

built area: 2.160 m2
budget: 3.512.235 EUROS

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architect

project: 2002
completion: 2011

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collaborators: MIGUEL GARCÍA-REDONDO, SILVIA N. GÓMEZ, ÁNGEL SEVILLANO, JOSÉ Mª TABUYO
technical architects: ALBERTO PALENCIA / JOSÉ ANTONIO ALONSO

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mechanical consultant: MAINTENANCE IBÉRICA
structural consultant: INDAGSA (JOSÉ LUIS CANO)

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general contractor: PEFERSAN, S.A.

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  • mmmhhh

    what's the point of showing an empty museum?

    • jardineiru

      the apreciation of its architectural space? you could of course show an exhibition on it and thus "dress it up", but then it would only be as pretty or as functional as the temporary exhibits it housed i reckon.

    • rob

      what kind of comment is this?

      it's about architecture overhere, how it's integrated in its context, how it's using existing elements. a dialogue between old and new. anyway, considering the actual economic situation in spain it's doubtfull that they have the money to organize whatever in this (nice & subtile) intervention.

      • aaaaaa

        "considering the actual economic situation in spain it's doubtfull that they have the money to organize whatever in this (nice & subtile) intervention." ???

        that's culturally offensive..

        • Manuel

          It is not culturally offensive … it is the reality. In Spain nowadays there is not money at all … not even enough for the essential.

  • ladossa

    This empty :) museum looks great! The surfaces look absolutely superb and the space is just great, thanks for sharing!

  • Guest

    The point is to show the architecture (very nice by the way, as this an architecture and design blog.
    Got it?

  • David

    I am from this place and the reality is that the museum is done since 2009/2010 and today it is still empty! A waste of over €4 million, what a pity!… (sorry for my english)

  • patrick Tofts

    You won’t know how it performs until you have a variety of sculpture shows. Which

    doesn’t sound promising reading resident David’s comments.