The Museo Picasso Malaga complex is composed of a mix of renovated historic structures and new interventions. A 16th-century palace located in the center of Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, was renovated to accommodate a main entry and permanent collection galleries. Six new buildings contain 80,000 square feet of the museum’s rich and diversified program, including the special exhibitions galleries and a variety of ancillary museum functions. During excavation an area of Phoenician ruins was uncovered, and the design altered to accommodate a below grade exhibit and walkway. The design sympathetically incorporates new structures into the historic fabric, creating a new public plaza. Simple geometric forms and a subdued palette of materials unify the project and exemplify the sensitivity and appropriateness of its modernism.
Photos by David Heald.