• Commission.
  • Program: Contemporary Art Museum.
  • Site: Menarguens (LE), Spain.
  • Surface: Built Area 13.000 m2.
  • Budget: 22.000.000 euros.
  • Client: Fundación Sorigué
  • With: KAAN Architecten.
  • Chronology: 2013-2014.
  • Preliminary Project.


Located in Balaguer (Lleida, Spain), in an active industrial complex, PLANTA much more than a building. It has been conceived as a meeting point for talent and creativity that will organically integrate into its environment. The building, whose construction began in the second trimester of 2014, will be a space dedicated to multidisciplinary artistic production and the flagship of the business group Sorigué.

PLANTA is being built in, and from, a quarry, following the contours of the hills that surround it. The façade, half built into the ground, is inserted into the landscape and becomes a fixed reference point in a place in a constant state of change.

The building follows the contours of the hills that define the boundary between the higher excavation plateau and the agricultural landscape. The platform is a datum in the ever changing landscape. Inside the platform will be hosted spaces for the display of an obsession: manufacturing, landscape, family tradition, mining, and most important a show-case for a collection curated with joy and passion. The platform houses three areas: visitor entrance and warehouse, collection hall and staff entrance; all connected by multiple circulation routes. The collection space is subdivided in three blocks with specific themes. Here black and grey rooms are excavated to create “curiosity rooms” and are in a tight dialogue with cut alleys that point the main walls of the blocks allowing for spontaneous paths. The thickness of the walls transforms a simple wall into a room and the visit into a physical experience.

PLANTA will coexist with the company activities of excavation, research, technical development and agricultural production. Through this project the Grupo Sorigué gives continuity to those values that have guided its activity from the beginning, built upon perseverance and respect.