TELECOMMUNICATIONS MUSEUM in Madrid by Manuel Ocaña + ADD arquitectura

The most significant companies of telephony in Spain, Telefónica, has promoted this new Museum of the Telecommunications. In 2008, Telefónica entrusted the museum to Madrid-based architecture office from Manuel Ocaña, who has worked together with ADD architecture Manuel Baillo and Rosa Rull from Barcelona. They developed an innovative proposal that will be built in one of the most emblematic historical buildings of the city of Madrid, the Headquarters of Telefónica. The 89,30 meters high skyscraper was one of the highest in Madrid from its construction in 1926, which lasted until 1953. The new Telecommunications Museum will be realised on the second floor of this building.

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The architects have developed a proposal where it is expected that the exhibition of the new technologies appears as a new way of living spaces and therefore as an advance of the architecture of the future. In fact, the museum is a place to observe the new telecommunications exhibitions, as well as a place to interact with them. The whole museum has been directed and organized by a system of glass urns and glass tubes that are arranged both in horizontal and vertical. The urns and tubes will contain inside them all the installations of 6000 meters of cables, reactive projections, digital art prototypes and objects from the Telefónica collection.

There are several kinds of tubes that the architects have organized into groups depending on the specific object each tube will contain inside itself. For instance the Bottle-Tubes are vertical exhibitors of the collection objects and these are suspended from the roof by steel cables. Moreover, the Crankshaft-Tubes are linear exhibitors to show horizontal elements, these kinds of tubes are leaned on metallic tripods. Another kind of tubes are the Rhizome-Tubes that descend in spiral from the roof, these ones are used for the audio-visual enjoyment. Some of these tubes are pierced by a hole. On this hollow are inserted the air conditioner installations which are connected to the points of light. Thanks to this, there will be a direct relation between the luminosity and the local climate. The lighting is composed by LED's system; this system allows regulating the intensity and the colour of the environment according to the variation of the local temperature. As a result, if there is high quantity of people in the museum there will be higher light intensity.

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This project means a new way to visit a museum. The contrasts are the main linker in the project, a sci-fi high technology showcases house the first telephones or show videos about the beginning of the company about a century ago. It is definitively a project that demonstrates the unforeseeable future of telecommunications world and its related architecture.

New Telecommunications Museum, 2008-2010
Architects: Manuel Ocaña y ADD: Manuel Baillo+ Rosa Rull
Collaborators: Javier Jiménez, Miguel Molins, Lluis Alexandre, Gyra, Narcis Font, Albert Marín, Aitor Estevez, Manuel Monteserín, Jordi Puig, Kultura.
Client: Telefonica Foundation
Address: c/ Gran Vía 28, 2ª of Telefónica Building. Madrid.
Info: www.addarquitectura.net www.manuelocana.com www.manu-facturas.com