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BAVIERA MUSEUM - Anna Maria Bordas, Miquel Peiro





Biography: Anna Maria Bordas, Miquel Peiro

Anna Maria Bordas, born in 1983, graduated as an engineer in Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris) and later on graduated summa cum laude as an architect in the ENSAVT Paris. Involved in teaching, she lectures Project to both architecture and engineering students (at ENSAVT an EIVP). 

Miquel Peiro, born in 1979, graduated as an engineer in Escuela de Caminos, Canales y Puertos and has also in Environmental Sciences. He teaches construction and ambiances in two architecture schools, ENSAB and ENSAVT. Prior to creating bordas+peiro, they both worked in big-scale projects like the Fondation Louis Vuitton, or the Phare Tower project, where they put in practice the link between idea and materialisation. 

They created bordas+peiro architecte+ingénieur in 2011 to put in practice both architecture and engineering projects. Against the mainstream by their theory and premises, they are diametrically opposed to the stereotype of young trendy architect. They believe quality architecture is not necessarily linked to asymmetrical designs or preppy colours. Their work is infused/based in by in a sort of move backwards to roots, to the question of what is essential in architecture.

Their production is sincere, serene, and finds often roots into context and their specific way of looking at existing conditions, by attaching to pertinent, elegant technical solutions. 

The project is not just treated as an independent plot, but participates into the creation of the city and is placed into context to last. Creating alchemy, they reconcile urban needs and programmatic needs. Their analytical capacity is also key into introducing a particular way of looking at existing conditions. Why neglected, abandoned spaces are so? Which is the essence that needs to be kept? What can be done to inverse the degradation process? In a morose economical context and society lost within consumerism and in seek of environmentally sustainable solutions; pertinence is most important. 

They have recently won the Metro station at Clichy Montfermeil for Société du Grand Paris in association with EMBT, and have just delivered the first phase of a Farmhouse rehabilitation. They have been invited to give conferences about their practice and methods within different cities. Anna Maria Bordas was awarded prix AJAC 2012 by the Architects order of Barcelona and honorary mention to EFCA European Prize in 2013. She is part of the AMO Prize Quality working spaces Jury for the 2014 edition and innovation prize Besnard de Quelen.  Miquel Peiro won the EFCA prize in 2012.


The site for competition reunited various plots and a road into a single plot. If the project had used all the available space,  Truzengasse street would become a dead-end street. We decided to divide the plot into two different blocks in order to maintain Truzengasse street connection to the river.The program asked to give the different programs an independent life, and creating a street where all of them could be accessed from floor level seemed the better way to both serve the museum and the city, creating an alive center of the museum project within public space. The different programs include the bavariathek (multimedia library), a typical Bavarian food restaurant, and temporary exhibitions area, cocktail space and conference room.
The project reinterprets public middle-age buildings of big volumes and sloping roofs like Saltzstadel and the Altes Rathaus, both key in the city architecture. A modern twist is given to their very sober geometry by changing the size of main façades and therefore creating an irregular prism, with fewer but larger windows.

The museographer path is conceived as a stroll turning clockwise around the auditorium and facing either north to the Danube either south to the museum’s private garden. By turning, visitors get to each different level dedicated to a different program, up to the highest one, which contains the program called “the future of Bavaria”. The future of Bavaria has been designed as a particular space in mezzanine, allowing direct visual connection to the cathedral spire, the sky and the  1/1 scale reproduction of the Bavarian parliament on the level below.

The hall is a full-height unheated volume (20m height), from which we can access both permanent collection and temporary exhibitions through a footbridge crossing the street. Visitors ending the visit reintegrate this volume at the higher level, getting a particular perspective of the hall and going down through the museum shop. Once out, we can directly admire and stroll towards the Danube as the project changes the topography of the square, suppressing level barriers and creating a one-slope square. 

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