Archaeological Museum, Poblado Ibérico de Ca n'Olivé, Cerdanyola del Valles (Spain)


Archaeological Museum, Turó de Ca n’Olivé, Cerdanyola del Vallès (Spain)

In a space hollowed out of a mountain (an old quarry) architects Toño Foraster and Victoria Garriga built the Archaeological museum of the Iberian village of Turó de Ca n’Olivé. 






Architect: Toño Foraster and Victoria Garriga with collaboration from architect Blanca Pujals, Installer: AV62 Arquitectos slp
Technique: VMZINC® Interlocking panel, Surface aspect: QUARTZ-ZINC®


The mountain and the building nestle into each other in this project: “From the outset, we envisaged an active, delicate dialogue between both. But we didn’t want the project to be falsely mimetic, on the contrary, we wanted it to be the product of an almost physical battle. The result is a graphic building”, the architects explain, featuring two metal vertical planes that penetrate through a fissure into the mountain and break it apart. Under pressure, the walls slowly distorted to house the activities of the museum. This metaphorically violent method of disrupting the mountain gave shape to a construction that is now inseparable from it.



Technical focus

“The building is part of a volume featuring irregular geometry and we wanted it to have very low exposure to view. To create the opacity required for the external skin, we installed the zinc continuously using the interlocking panel technique. Laid vertically, this technique made it possible to play with variable modulation and variable joints.”


Constraints of the program

As well as blending harmoniously into its surroundings, the building meets stringent requirements in terms of lighting and thermal regulation. For optimum conservation of the pieces on exhibit, certain walls are blind and natural light is provided via skylights. Facades are clad with QUARTZ-ZINC®, and contribute to the thermal stability of the building.