Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

  • Reconversion of an old palace of 18,500m2 into a permanent exhibition space together with a temporary exhibition gallery, lecture hall and restaurant.
  • Extensive internal reconstruction under a detailed program design.

In 1989, the Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Kingdom of Spain signed an agreement to host the private art collection of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza at the Palacio de Villahermosa. The framework agreement defined specific criteria for the environmental control of the collection, including the control of temperature, humidity, air filtration and lighting levels, as well as some levels of security.

Following these criteria, we developed a detailed program design based on the experience gained in similar projects and carried out an extensive internal reconstruction. The services provided included structural engineering and building services and we also remained in contact during the construction phases until the final handover.

"Today, the building is an exemplary cultural hub that is always up-to-date and capable of accompanying the museum’s dynamic of constant evolution both artistically and culturally."

—Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, Director of Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation

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  • Interior view of the museum. Credit: Arup.Open gallery

    Reconverting an old palace of 18,500m² into a permanent exhibition space together with a temporary exhibition gallery, lecture hall and restaurant.

  • Interior view of the museum. Credit: Arup.Open gallery

    Today, the building is an exemplary cultural hub that is always up-to-date and capable of accompanying the museum’s dynamic of constant evolution both artistically and culturally.