The Balenciaga Museum is housed in a newly built annex to Palacio Aldamar. This majestic villa, on a hilltop overlooking Getaria, was the residence of the Marqués and Marquesa of Casa Torres, grandparents to Queen Fabiola of Belgium and mentors to Balenciaga during the early days of his career. The Cuban architect Julián Argilagos was responsible for the volumetric and structural concept for the new building which annexes the Palacio.
It is a large, long, curved space, trapezoidal in section, complete with an integrated floor-toceiling glass wall. Inside the building there are three suspended areas which house the galleries. The definitive formal design for the building – façade and rear, interior design and museography – is the work of the design team at AV62arquitectos.
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