Marble Museum in the Mountain

In Almería, Spain, there are mountains of solid white marble. These mountains have been quarried intermittently for centuries leaving immense jagged platforms hewn into the mountain's marble. The studio was charged with designing a museum of marble sculpture and studios for sculpture residences within this massive landscape in Almería.

Santi chose to carve his building out of the mountain, using the same method by which blocks are cut from the mountainside. The artist's studios inhabit large blocks that turn to inhabit the carved perimeter of the quarried mountain. These blocks are separated by slots that allow light to penetrate the open museum space behind the blocks. As one travels through the museum they travel through spaces which compress and decompress in section, allowing them to feel the massive weight of the material they are inhabiting.