Green Light for Hermitage Barcelona
May 27, 2021
The board of directors of the Port of Barcelona has approved construction of the Hermitage Barcelona, a cultural institution centered around art, architecture, and design that will be the latest addition to the State Hermitage Museum network. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Toyo Ito, the multilevel structure is scheduled to be completed in 2024. The new museum is intended to revitalize the Port of Barcelona and its surrounding environs and to foster cross-cultural dialogue.
“This very good news means that we can finally move to the next phase in developing a wonderful new building that will act as a bridge for cultural exchange between Saint Petersburg and Barcelona, between Barcelona and the Hermitage, becoming a point for cultural understanding of each other,” said Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, in a statement.
With access to the State Hermitage Museum’s collection of 3.2 million objects, Hermitage Barcelona will host exhibitions of both contemporary and historic work, addressing modern issues within the framework of the Catalonian city’s history. Situated in the northern mouth of the Port of Barcelona, the museum will connect the city to the port, serving as “a reference point, not only as a cultural facility, but also as a model of respect for the environment,” Ito said in a statement. “It will be here where thoughts and reflections of people from all over the world are exchanged. We want it to be a source of pride for the city of Barcelona.”
The 140,000-square-foot structure will evoke a white, billowing form, bordered by public squares on three sides and by the seafront on the fourth. Designed with efficiency and sustainability in mind, the building will feature wholly renewable air conditioning powered by hydrothermal and solar energy, and will hew to European NZEB (nearly zero energy building) regulations.