Architecture as Landscape

The course will investigate the boundaries between architecture and landscape; it will explore the relationship between the specific condition of a place and the autonomous nature of an architecture.

The studio suggests to design the new Museum of the Alhambra (to date hosted in the Palace of Charles V). The project site is located in Granada, Spain, in a place called “Carmen de los Catalanes”, within the grounds of the Alhambra.

Due to the fragile environment and the Bosque de la Alhambra forest’s exceptional heritage value of the site, inserting a new architecture is challenging.

The aim of the studio is precisely to reflect on these critical issues and examine methods of physical and spatial intervention into a complex and sensitive region in terms of historical, environmental and urbanistic aspects.

The project has to respect the patrimonial and environmental bonds and create new public spaces that open to the city and boost the collective and social use of this area. It must include studies of the potential of the existing topography to identify adequate exhibition and public spaces for the Museum of the Alhambra’s collection.

The project should reflect the existing conditions and integrate with the “Carmen de los Catalanes” in order to create an architectural sequence closely linked to the experience of the place.