Archaeology Museum of Alava
The basic form of the building is all by its context and continuity, both in terms of concept and program, which it establishes with the adjoining Palace of Bendana. In the Permanent exhibition halls, the ceilings and floors are very dark. The wood floor which is almost black form a closed and dark "box". The facade walls are clad in a folded skin of bronze sheet, with pieces that are superposed or stepped depending on the lighting needs. "The facade defining the access courtyard is a grille of cast bronze pieces, a material with clear archaeological reference; and in the middle, a double-layered wall of silkscreen printed glass contains the stairs, which offer views of the courtyard as one steps up. In contrast, the facade fronting the lower street is more hermetic, and is made of an outer layer of opaque prefab pieces of cast bronze, with opening where needed, and an inner layer formed by a thick wall containing the display stands and systems." Explains Francisco Mangado the architect of the building.