BARCELONA AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

The Barcelona Agricultural Museum introduces the visitor to the agricultural history of southern Spain through exhibition spaces featuring implements and processes used in harvesting plants and fields demonstrating current and historical farming techniques with a variety of native crops. The outdoor exhibition fields highlight one end of the food production process and the modern architecture of the open market is focused on the other. Both the palm tree grove and the fields provide respite from the densely urban landscape in this area of Barcelona near the Olympic Hill.  The contemporary museum achieves a balance between the current use of the site and realizing its development potential. The public lecture hall, the existing plaza and the new outdoor performance areas are set within a grid of palm trees and decomposed granite. The architecture serves as a mediating device between the public edge of the site's contemporary urban corridor and the historical field exhibits. Carefully placed openings between rooms encourage patrons to weave in and out, allowing views to alternate between market and fields.