Roman Villa La Olmeda

Roman Villa La Olmeda



The project consists in the protection of a 4th Century Villa. In this intervention archaeology is confronted to modernity, and the building is confronted to nature. The magnificent mosaics, hidden for centuries under a rural landscape, are the aim of this Museum and so is the integration of new architecture in the landscape. The metal perforated facade provides homogenous lighting to the interior that is covered by a light laminar roof organized in four vaults with a modular rhomboidal structure exposed in the inside as a coffered ceiling. A raised wooden floor joins all the archaeological zones and gets narrow and expands with a disposition for an open display. The space of the rooms is built up with a translucent perimeter of metal mesh as a frame for the mosaics that do not interfere with the wide metallic roof that covers the area. These concepts wish to make visitors aware of the unitary character that these fragments of the past had, favouring the views of the mosaics in differentiated ambits and showing the villa’s original layout.

Built | 1st prize in national competition | 7.130 sqm
Pedrosa de la Vega
Cámara de Comercio de Palencia Award 2009
Finalist in IV Enor Award 2009
Honorable Mention in Europa Nostra Awards 2010
Finalist in Piranesi Prix de Rome 2010
VII Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2010
XI Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2011
Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award 2011
Finalist in Dedalo Minosse Vicenza Award 2011
Honorable Mention in Fassa Bartolo Award 2011
Shortlisted for Paisaje Rosa Barba European Award 2012
Eduardo Torroja Engineering & Architecture Award 2013
Architects: Ángela García de Paredes. Ignacio G. Pedrosa
Client: Diputación de Palencia
Management: Diputación de Palencia
Collaborators: Clemens Eichner, Álvaro Rábano, Eva Urquijo, Andrea Franconetti, Eva M. Neila
Consultants: Nieves Plaza Mechanical engineers. GOGAITE S.L. Structural Engineers
Technical control: Luis Calvo
Contractor: UTE La Olmeda
Photographs: Luis Asín. Roland Halbe

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