The Spanish city of Huelva has opened a peculiar new building to exhibit their archeological treasures. Designed by architect Sebastian Cerrejon Hidalgo, the Cabezo de la Almagra Museum and Archeological Park boasts a recycled weathered steel shell that is in constant transformation. Located atop a historic hill, where many of the archeological remains it holds were found, the building's rusty encasement symbolizes the passage of time while evoking change in a poetic way.
The green hill on which the structure sits is imbued with history, seeing everything from Roman to Muslim settlements. Rising from the mound, the Cabezo de la Almagra makes a striking contrast to the land with its deep rusty color. The outside shell and stairs have been made from recycled weathering steel that gets rustier with time and creates an oxide coating that waterproofs and protects the building.
The structure boasts two levels and a celler that can navigated by using a set of rusty zigzag stairs. The lower floor is where the archeological remains are kept. The top floor can be accessed via ramp, and offers astonishing views to the surrounding landscape, the adjacent University campus and the Tinto River.
Photo © Roland Halbe