'Andalusian Tears' is a Spanish Civil War Museum in Seville which aims to preserve the history of the Spanish Civil War as it rapidly slips out of living memory. By preserving the memory through the collection and exhibition of artefacts the museum will act as an education centre for anyone willing to learn about the Civil war. Patrons should be able to leave the museum with an overview and understanding of the Spanish Civil War and its lasting effects on society.
Furthermore, the museum will feature and act as a monument to the fallen soldiers and civilians from each side of the conflict. It will then provide necessary space for contemplation and reflection, especially for those who lost family members in the conflict.
The Spanish Civil War is still a very sensitive subject in Spain, with both sides still believing they were fighting for what was right. Thus, the museum needs to provide a safe space for patrons to experience the artefacts and learn about the war. This protection also needs to extend towards the museum’s artefacts that need to be kept safe from potential vandalism and politically motivated crime.
This protection manifests itself in the design through abstracted Stone and concrete fortifications. These fortifications will provide the safe space needed for both the patrons and artefacts. At the same time this abstraction from defensive constructions protects those outside the museum from its potentially offensive and sensitive material. This dynamic of protection on both sides of the wall creates the opportunity to create high tension entrance spaces that highlight the action of entering the space and make it a conscious decision.
Materiality drives the design
• Stone Walls - The stone walls call back to early stone fortifications in and around Seville. They ground the project into site and exhibit stone in a way that resonates with its process of construction.
• Stone monument - The monument rises out of the water and sinks itself into the concrete bunker. These grand slabs of stone attempt to capture the magnitude of pain and suffering that swept over Spain. The search for a relationship between concrete and stone that has connotations to the search for relationship between both sides of the war, when after all, we’re all the same on the inside.
• Concrete bunker - The Monolithic Concrete bunker fully resonates with concretes material process. The connotations of a bunker are further relevant to this project as it keeps safe the artefacts it houses. Thus, the museum space is abstracted from the idea of a concrete bunker with influence from Paul Virilio and Claude Parent.
• Steel - Steel slices, induces movement, highlights shapes and mediates between space and materials.