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The Sacred Museum by Fernando Menis Architects

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Designed by Tenerife-based architect’s office Fernando Menis architects, the Sacred Art Museum and Plaza España is a preservation and enlargement operation. The plot is located on a intricate site in Adeje, Spain, on the edge of the Barranco del Infierno.

The Plaza is in use since 2006 and was built twice and a half wider than the original, creating a permanent stage and spaces for the municipality. Sitting as a reinforced concrete sculpture right in the middle of the landscape, the museum’s structure blends into its natural context with a playful array of platforms and levels including look-out points to the Barranco del Infierno for the public to enjoy events. Constructed as a half-buried building, the Sacred Museum owns a cafeteria in the upper floors, while underground floors allow spaces for exhibitions. A tower erects from the construction as a collision of planes, creating a visual beacon and defining part of the museum. The building is characterized by light colors and geometry, established as telluric architecture. The museum was designed to evoke a spiritual resonance, transforming the museum into a physical and emotional place.

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