The building of the old prison in Marchena, a building from the end of the 16th century, evidences its use with an austere, sober and rigid physiognomy in shapes and lines. The various uses that have been housed inside have been gradually transforming the outside, but always maintaining its character of a prison.
In the 18th century the building suffered important interventions, all financed by the Dukes of Arcos. Although the building has two floors, in the 20th century it was transformed into an industrial warehouse, emptying the entire interior. It has come to our days very transformed. The dimension of the interior spaces and the articulated alleys between prisons had been lost. It is important to make a special mention of this alley, because the intervention, as we will now explain, returns it to the public space.
The project proposes the construction of a compact, austere building, with neutral materials that recovers the original spatiality. The two diaphanous floors divide the volume horizontally, leaving some double-height areas in order to make a better reading of the museum’s routes.
The urban layout of the square is modified, generating a space of great relevance in front of the museum. This square, which eliminates vehicles, is what gives prominence to the new piece within the urban and heritage of Marchena.