RAW: Negotiating Finished/Unfinished Spaces

Best Architectural Design for Museum

About the project
The design celebrates the notion of unity in diversity, producing a hybridity scaling up to the sky. Instead of producing a unifying figure, the proposal pastiches a hybridity of forms and materials, with isolated and combined experiences of individual materials. The heavier materials appropriated are borrowed from the local context, to reduce the carbon footprint of the material. The proposal employs an innovated variant of the catenary arch responding to the city where the museum is located, paying homage to the master architect Antonio Gaudi. Museums usually act as a repository of artefacts, along with positioning themselves as a backdrop to highlight the collection. The museum here contradicts this ideology where the museum itself is on display. Instead of having all the displays under one roof, the proposal deconstructs the stereotypical museum and celebrates the diversity of various materials through its disparate form. The design proposes a public realm on multiple levels.

Barcelona, Spain

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Additional information
This project was shortlisted in the top 30 entries for the international competition «Haptic: Designing a material museum in Barcelona» floated by UNI.

Applicants and authors of the project
Dhruv Shah is an architect graduated from Navrachana University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Further pursued Ma. Architectural History at UCL Bartlett, London and Strelka postgraduate research at Strelka Institute, Moscow, Russia.
Ansh Shah is a final year B. Arch. student at Navrachana University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.