Title:Mini Copper Museum
Location:Texeo, Riosa, Asturias, Spain
Status:commission, in progress
Team:Josean Ruiz Esquiroz
Nacho Ruiz Allen
Lucía Martínez Trejo
Sara Lopez Arraiza


The project transforms the former house of the cooper mine engineer, into a small museum. Its prominent position at the top of a small hill overlooking the valley provides the key. A narrow fissure is carved in the ground to give access to the museum by its basement, which is added to the original building as a hidden unified space. Above, the rest of the original volume is emptied. The main inner space is the result of the emptied original house, so its defined by the obvious limits of its four walls and the deck, whose numerous windows generates an atmosphere fulfill with light. Inside this open space, three new bodies are floating. Each contains a smaller exhibition area with controlled lighting conditions. Based on a prismatic profile, all of them contain an appendix that is oriented in a particular way. One is framing the outer landscape, another upward into the sky, and the third is looking down, plunging into the depths of the basement. Together, they symbolize the different relative movements of men in the mine: inside out, top to bottom, and bottom-up…