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Norman Foster Selected for Prado Museum Expansion

British architect Norman Foster will work with Spain’s Carlos Rubio to renovate a seventeenth-century house that will serve as an extension of the Prado Museum, AFP reports.

Estimated to cost roughly $32 million, the refurbishment of the Hall of Realms will increase the institution’s exhibition space. Located a short distance from the main museum in Madrid, the building will feature an atrium as its new south entrance.

In a statement, the museum said Foster and Rubio’s proposal “respects and values what is already there, adjusting it to the necessities of our times.” Its new roof will consist of solar cells that will provide natural light to the galleries bellow.

The Hall of Realms is one of the last buildings of the Buen Retiro palace––which was commissioned by Spain’s King Felipe IV––that still stands.

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