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Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders

Posted By Tafline Laylin On August 12, 2011 @ 7:42 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments

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The cylindrical Lugo History Museum in Spain [2] attracts a throng of curious people, which is great, except that they also come with a load of fossil-fueled vehicles that litter the beautiful landscape. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos [3] came up with the perfect solution: park the the cars and the museum underground. Not only does this keep the vehicles out of view, but the thermal inertia ensures maximum energy efficiency as well. The weathered-steel buildings are reached via a spiral staircase that leads beneath a sheet of green grass. This extends as far as Lugo’s urban park, ensuring an uninterrupted reach of green spaces where there was once a thriving industrial zone. And If this isn’t enough green goodness for you, note that the architects have also made room for energy-generating solar panels [4].



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TheVisitor Center is organized on a single floor that is naturally lit by large circular courtyards, while the museum’s outdoor exhibits are wrapped in a thin metal skin [6] that can incorporate energy-generating solar panels and nighttime lighting. These interventions combined with the cooling effect the earth has on the subterranean spaces makes this fascinating complex about as energy efficient [7] as it can be. The Romans would be proud!

+ Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos [3]

Via Dezeen [8]

more images of this project are available via Fernando Alda [9]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/08/nieto-fuensanta-sobejano-lugo-history-museum-1.jpg

[2] Spain: http://inhabitat.com/video-inhabitat-interviews-metropol-parasol-architect-juergen-mayer-h/

[3] Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos: http://www.nietosobejano.com/

[4] energy-generating solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/mit-unveils-first-solar-cells-printed-on-paper/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/08/nieto-fuensanta-sobejano-lugo-history-museum-2.jpg

[6] thin metal skin: http://inhabitat.com/londons-metal-clad-town-hall-hotel-is-a-radical-reinterpretation-of-a-classic-building/

[7] energy efficient: http://inhabitat.com/your-homes-energy-efficiency-could-be-one-of-the-safest-investments-of-all/

[8] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2011/08/08/interactive-museum-of-the-history-of-lugo-by-nieto-sobejano-arquitectos/

[9] Fernando Alda: http://www.fernandoalda.com/index.php?Opc=105&Lng=1&Par1=616

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