on October 4, 2010
The museum complex of modern art named after the reigning Queen Sofia today. Renovation of 18 th century held a famous French architect Jean Nouvel. In 2008 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize - the world's most prestigious prize for architecture. According to him, he reacted with respect to the old building, adding to it a new wing with bright red walls, the original design of floors and extensive glazing - contrasting her stern facade of the former hospital.A single triangular roof that extends through the upper cornice of the 18 century together under a number of separate volumes of the new building of the museum. On this site stood up to the reconstruction of three buildings and grew a few trees. The buildings were moved to another location, and the trees could be retained. Was also built three new facilities, combined triangular in terms of a yard, and they perform different functions: a library, auditorium, cafe and restaurant as well - the gallery. In contrast to the restrained facade 18 th century, new building opened to the outside world, inviting passersby to come inside. Large windows and brought out to the front staircases connect the museum with the space of the city. Cost of construction - 30 million euros, the new exhibition area amounts to 26,000 square meters. The project is Nouvel - part of an ambitious program, "Boulevard of Arts, whose purpose - to create out of all the major museums in the Spanish capital of a unified ensemble.Center of Art Reina Sofia, Reina Sofia otherwise - with the Pinakothek art museum and a library of 40,000 volumes, which together with the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza "Golden Triangle of Art" in Madrid. Of Madrid, ironically called him "Sofidu" by analogy with the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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