National Museum of Roman Art

June 11, 2009

Architect: Rafael Moneo

Date: 1980-1985

Location: Merida, Spain

The National Museum of Roman Art was built to display the Roman artifacts from around Spain.  It was designed to use the Roman style as a source of style.  The entire building appears to be constructed from Brick but instead the brick is a fromwork for the reinforced concrete.  From the outside the building tries to not appear massive through the use of buttresses that line the main street facade.

National Museum of Roman Art Exterior

National Museum of Roman Art Exterior

You enter the building on the far end and have to take a turn before you get to see the main gallery.

National Museum of Roman Art Entry

National Museum of Roman Art Entry

It is only once you head down to the main floor that you can actually experience the entire gallery space as it becomes slowly revealed as you walk forward.

National Muesum of Roman Art Main Gallery

National Muesum of Roman Art Main Gallery

During construction they stumbled upon ruins and modified the building to include the ruins below including a road that lead to Rome.

Roman Road below Walkway

Roman Road below Walkway

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