08-05-2006

Galata Maritime Museum
Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
Genoa, Italy 2000-2004

Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra,

Genoa,

Museums,

Glass,

Recovery/Restoration,

Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra's project, selected in an international ideas competition, completes the architectural renovation and historical preservation of the dockyard where Genoese galleys were once built and repaired. The building is the oldest surviving remnant of the city's old shipyard.



Galata Maritime Museum<br> Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra<br> Genoa, Italy 2000-2004 A deep façade is created by the overlapping of three layers: the outer wrapper of glass, the vertical buttresses whose regularity imposes a repetitive vertical rhythm on the interior and the interior space itself, where the galley is the key to the whole design.

On the rear façade, the Spanish architect emphasised the building's structural configuration with an image that emphasises its vaults and resembles 17th and 18th century reproductions.
The interior, no hint of which is visible on the outside, now has two new staircases in addition to those already present as well as a large ramp taking visitors to the panoramic hall on the fourth floor.
This observatory space used exclusively by students of astronomy is surrounded by glass, offering views over the harbour and the city of Genoa.

Giulia Pellegrini

Photographs by Pietro Savorelli

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