Royal Collections Gallery, Madrid

Design and production of the museography, graphics and audiovisual materials for the permanent exhibition; design and production of display furniture and installation of exhibits; fit-out of non-exhibition public areas and temporary exhibition hall.

The Royal Collections Gallery (Galería de las Colecciones Reales) is a contemporary construction that completes Madrid’s monumental “cornice”, designed as a continuation of the plinth of the Royal Palace and a transitional element to the part of the city along the banks of the River Manzanares. In the museum, visitors will be able to admire paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, manuscripts, books and documents, furniture and other objects representative of different historical periods, from the Middle Ages to the present day. It will display approximately 700 of the more than 150,000 pieces in the Royal Collections managed by the Spanish heritage agency Patrimonio Nacional.

The architecture of the museum, with large exhibition halls connected by a ramp that descends from the level of the Royal Palace to the entrance at the bottom of Cuesta de la Vega, and the diversity of the exhibits to be accommodated in them determined the museographic solution: a connective backbone, articulated in segments, that structures a return itinerary through the permanent exhibition halls and makes it possible to assign each section a proportional surface area. This backbone, made of white-glazed wood, is a pedestal-like continuous plinth that contains part of the text information and can be used to embed display cases or support tapestries. It will also have lower or higher walls depending on the size of the pieces exhibited along the itinerary, creating vertical cracks that offer panoramic views across different sections. 

In addition to the museography of the permanent exhibition halls, the joint venture that was awarded the contract, UTE Empty-Telefónica, is responsible for designing and producing display resources to complement the contents of the galleries on the ramps and in the archaeological area on level -1 with ruins of medieval Madrid. It is also tasked with fitting out the non-exhibition public areas—auditorium, reading room, vestibules, shop and café—and devising a solution to give the temporary exhibition hall various possible spatial layouts and uses.