Dispositivo de sala

Picture Javier Fernández


The exhibition device created for this exhibition works as a pointo of view about the building, its memories as a work place and about the exhibition. It is inspired by the modulations of the space that both Palacios (which was the post office architect) and De la Sota used in their ephemeral architectures.

On one hand, I worked with the memory of the folding sreens Palacios and Otamendi employed to shelter the work spaces that used to be in the space that today is the exhibition room. On the other hand, thanks to the graphic translation, the device also speaks of another intervention (today disappeared): the one that De la Sota did in the Muelle de Carruajes. Both interventions share an idea of ephimeral use of the space, whos alterations could be remove later without leaving a trace in the building. In the same way that the device that I propose as a specific intervention receives a temporary use that once it ends, disappears without leaving a trace.

It is also interesting that the intervention of De la Sota is based on an earlier intervention by Palacios (the glass canopy)


Images of the interventions of De la Sota in Muelle de Carruajes, picture publish in: Palacio de Cibeles. Nueva sede y espacio cultural para Madrid, Amalia Castro-Rial Garrone (ed.), Madrid, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, 2010





Currently the only trace of this intervention is not visible on the outside, but it does survive on the mezzanine created inside.



Picture Lukasz Michalak


There is another intervention in space, which goes almost unnoticed: the opening of the vains in the back wall. This gesture, almost invisible, cuts the wall to reveal the original windows of the room. In this way a continuity is created in the space, it becomes more comprehensible from the outside and allows the building to be penetrated by its context, at least at this point that connects the main entrance with the patio through the marked point of view for the place of the device.


Picture Javier Fernández