The Sacred Museum and Plaza, Menis Arquitectos

The Sacred Museum in Adeje stands at the edge of the Barranco del Infierno. In English, this translates as ‘Hell’s Gorge’. However, if you stand on the edge you will find a verdant landscape plunging down amidst jagged rock formations and crevasses. The ravine is full of caves (once homes to the indigenous Guanches), an attribute that is echoed in the design of the museum which is itself cave-like, half submerged into the ground.

Menis Arquitectos’ project consisted of two separate yet intertwined elements: the construction of the museum and the remodelling and extension of the adjacent Plaza España. The museum consists of two levels. The submerged one will be developed as an exhibition space, whereas the upper floor will be used as a cafeteria.

The plaza has been expanded to over two and a half times its previous size. A truly organic piece of architecture, it appears to have been chipped out of the existing rock face. The space is arranged on different levels, creating separate platforms and passageways from which to explore the landscape from alternate angles.

Photography: Simona Rota

WordsRosemary Munro

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