The project for a permanent exhibition, to be part of the future museum, made it possible to complete archeological research into the Roman baths and construct a roof which guarantees the definitive consolidation of the remains. Accessibility to the ruins below street level and the museum tour conditioned the organization of basic museum installations, attended by one or two permanent members of staff. The design of the roof provides two experiences; above the archeological artifact it is continuous and transparent, built of polycarbonate and suspended on the framework of the bath's roof. The remaining areas comprised of the entrance foyer and the stepped viewing platforms are covered by fragmented opaque plates of copper construction which echo both the movement around the Roman ruins and mediate the irregular site and topography.
The construction of the vertical walls built of handmade and mechanical masonry achieves the contradictory effect of allowing the ruins to engage their setting directly while blurring the level of the surrounding streets and creating an atmospheric environment for the viewing the ruins. An urban scale reconstruction of the Roman flooring pattern is tiled on the projects back wall which addresses its context on the towns periphery facing a intra-urban highway.
Architects: Carme Fiol, Andreu Arriola, I.Schwartz, L. Höhne, N.Simpson, K. Schussler, X. Arriola, J. Opher, S. Kuppel, H. Ritzer
Structure: A. Obiol
Quantity Surveyor: Ll. Roig, Ll. Fontanet, J. Ardèvol