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EARTHQUAKE MUSEUM LISBON 2005

The Museum of  the Earthquake is proposed to be situated at the confluence between the main historical areas of Lisbon: Alfama – the medieval one and Baixa- the part reconstructed after the earthquake from 1755 by the famous Marques de Pombal. Inline with the theme of the earthquake, the compositional development of the building is following the form of an irregular spiral that challenges gravity creating an intensely experiential itinerary for the visitors through breathtaking spaces between the various suspended segments of the main volume containing the exhibition spaces.  The volumetric concept is based on the idea of epicenter, affected by the irregularity of the  graphic diagrams of earth movement suggesting a dynamic continuous movement of the building with an irregular trajectory. Both the internal and external public itinerary are following the same trajectory of the spiral volume around the central water fountain, the water being the landscaping element that mediates the relationship between the old and the new architectural environment in a harmonious coexistence.

 

 

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