BARCELONA AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
The Barcelona Agricultural Museum introduces the visitor to the agricultural history of southern Spain through exhibition spaces featuring implements and processes employed in harvesting crops. The outdoor exhibition fields highlight one aspect of the food production process, and the modern architecture space of the open market is focused on the retail, production, and consumption of agricultural products. The palm tree grove and the fields provide respite from the densely urban landscape in this area of Barcelona near the City’s Olympic Hill. A public lecture hall, an existing public plaza, and a new outdoor performance and event space are all set within a grid of palm trees in a decomposed granite garden. The architecture serves as a mediating device between the public edge of the site's contemporary urban corridor and the museum’s historical field and exhibits. Carefully placed openings between rooms encourage patrons to weave in and out, allowing views to alternate between interior and exterior spaces and the market and fields.