Design by OMA
From the architects:
The Museo Egizio in Turin, the world’s oldest museum for Ancient Egyptian culture is being transformed – the competition to design the transformation was won by architects OMA.
The design creates a new covered courtyard known as Piazza Egizia and a series of connected urban rooms within the existing museum, opening the cultural space to all.
Founded in 1824, Museo Egizio is housed in Collegio dei Nobili – a complex consisting of exhibition galleries, the Academy of Sciences, and an open courtyard.
Changing requirements over the past two centuries have led to numerous alterations to the museum’s architecture, closing the public areas off to the rest of the city.
OMA managing partner, architect David Gianotten says that Museo Egizio, with its open courtyard, is historically a main civic space in Turin.
"Our team believes that it is vital to restore the public nature of the museum and integrate it back with Turin’s network of public spaces.
By reorganising the current museum’s public areas, we have created the Piazza Egizia, which is a place for all kinds of activities shared between Museo Egizio and the city,” says Gianotten.
The design is defined by six distinctive urban rooms, each with its unique scale, function, and quality.
The largest urban room central to the museum is the Piazza Egizia.
A central spine connects the six urban rooms together, and also to both of the museum’s entrances on Via Accademia and Via Duse.
New openings have been introduced to the current façade along Via Duse, further drawing the public into the museum and the Piazza Egizia.
The six urban rooms share a ground floor pattern – inspired by the museum’s artefacts – for visual continuity.