Concrete curves: we take in the charms of an under-construction museum in Spain

Concrete curves: we take in the charms of an under-construction museum in Spain

Slotted on a plot between two busy motorways on the outskirts of Madrid, the upcoming Museum of Automotion La Torre could not be more suitably placed. Designed by architects Emilio Tuñón and Luis M Mansilla – and carried out by Emilio Tuñón Architects after Mansilla’s untimely passing in 2012 – the new museum is a celebration of all things automotive.

Its round volume, currently seen in sculptural rough concrete, will eventually be clad in metal from recycled car parts, in a nod to its contents. The circular shape, on the other hand, is not only the result of the site’s boundary restrictions, explain the architects. Through its volume, they also sought to reference historical entertainment building typologies, tapping into well-known forms such as Roman arenas and the Colosseum.

The introverted floorplan appears closed off from the outside; but inside, displays on various levels will unfold to transport visitors to different points in the motor industry’s past, present and future.

It has been a busy few years for Emilio Tuñón Architects. Their powerfully designed, graphic white building for the Royal Collections Museum in Madrid, on La Almudena Square, has now also reached completion. This important cultural space for the Spanish capital is gearing up for an official public opening later in the year.

Final completion for the Museum of Automotion La Torre is currently estimated for 2018. In the meantime, the striking raw concrete space served as the ideal home for an ’Ahead of the Curve’ fashion shoot, in our June 2016 issue (W*207). 

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