• International Architectural Design Competition.
  • Program: Art Museum.
  • Site: Cagliari, Italy.
  • Surface: Built 12.050 m2.
  • Budget: 36.000.000 euros.
  • Client: Municipality of Cagliari.
  • With: Studio Archea, F.Prati, MDU.
  • Chronology: 2006.


AWARD: Second Prize in the Competition.

Through a strong territorial characterization, the project aims to define a place with a great identity value capable, due to its symbolic value and the quality and flexibility of its spaces, to accommodate differentiated and modifiable functions over time.

The new museum is simultaneously a sign on the scale of the territory, like a large land-mark along the Cagliari coast line, a concave and convex volume at the same time which, through its shadow, defines a precise physical space on which multiple activities.

Furthermore, it is a crossing element, on which you can stop for a few minutes, from which to observe the landscape, or in which to stop for a more in-depth visit.

There are no specific functions that give identity value to this new complex. It is the conformation of the place, the spaces that this project suggests, which offers infinite possibilities of occupation and use: a museum building, a laboratory building, nor a regional information centre is not recognizable; it is the system as a whole that functions as an isotropic medium capable of modifying itself by suggesting alternative modes of use.

The museum embodies and amplifies the double speed of opening and closing towards the landscape, of permeability and opacity, of continuity with the urban sequences and of intimacy with collected and reflective places. It settles astride the coast line, expanding and contracting towards the sea or inland depending on the management and use needs of the building itself.