Sevilla: Linking Archaeology With The Modern Needs Of A City

Not too long ago, the local government of Seville –a beautiful 2,000 year-old town in southern Spain- decided to move the usual farmers’ market location across the street, in order to develop a contemporary gathering place in the heart of this historic town. Initial expectations for the new building did not exceed a simple three-story structure; however, as the construction of this new sizzling hot spot began, they were quite astonished to find a hidden treasure.

Underneath the weekly meet-and-greets of the organic food, handmade jewelry, and freshly baked bread, the unspoken history of Seville had been laying for hundreds of years. These findings were said to be Seville originals, made up of various metal and wooden artworks from many centuries ago. Since most of the pieces had been able to maintain a strong aesthetic and historical value, the local government decided to launch a competition to design a contemporary building which not only functioned as a new gathering place, but also incorporated the new findings of the old Seville – a museum of some sort.

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