rally museum competition
location: Fafe - Portugal
The joy of people from all parts of the world knowing the city of Fafe through Rally is now being aknowledged by the creation of a museum. Inspiration in motor sport is undoubtedly the main influence of the present project . The harmony of the museum with the Communities Square becomes noticeable by the movement of the coverage, which works as an extension of the surface of the square. The shape itself is an allusion to the known "leap of Lameirinha".
The entrance of the museum crosses the building transversally, with the aim to articulate the Square of the Communities with the Avenue and consequently improving the public space. Here, two vehicles are exhibited as a way to welcome visitors to the experience, by allowing them to sit inside the exhibited cars. Access to exhibition areas is done through a ramp, projected in an "autodrome style", which leads people up to the upper floors. Connected to the reception is also the museum shop, a thematic or temporary showroom and an auditorium. Along with the museum there's an area for restaurants and bars in touch with the quietude of the Square and the sun coming from the west top of the building. Still on the ground floor faced to the avenue, one can find business incubators. Such program will help potentiating the city dynamics, benefiting also from the proximity of the cafes / restaurants, as well as in synergy with the museum.
The permanent exhibition rooms are thus installed on the upper floors of the building, so to achieve the introspection needed to a museum. The first floor is mainly dedicated to classic cars, with space, decoration and environment plunged by photographs of the time, technical information and curiosities. The soft lines of the building and the careful play of lights bring them too an auxiliary role to a pleasant visit to the space. It is also in this floor that the administration is, as well as a cleaning room. The most by large beloved space, however, will undoubtedly be the exhibition of sportive cars on the top floor in a mezzanine area, with all the editions of Rally de Portugal put together. Besides all the above mentioned, the museum counts with an underground car park for public parking and a car lift that will allow the vehicles to be transported to the different floors.