Architect Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra has been announced as the winner of the International Competition to design the new Sea Museum in the city of Trieste, Italy.

The subject of the tender launched by the council was the requalification of the most relevant element among the port warehouse ensemble of ‘Porto Vecchio’, a magnificent building called ‘Magazzino 26’ listed as building of cultural interest. It was built in 1893, with four levels and a 244 linear meters long facade, it is a beautiful example of industrial architecture, built in white Istria limestone and cast iron columns.

As he already did some years ago, when he transformed the old Genoa Arsenal into the city Sea Museum on the occasion of the celebration of Genoa as European Capital of Culture in 2004, Vazquez Consuegra will work on this distinguished building in Trieste’s ‘Porto Vecchio’ to convert it to the new seat of the Sea Museum, currently located on Campo Marzio’s street in the same city.

The creation of a new museum pole inside ‘Porto Vecchio’, together with other cultural strategies already going on in the same area, offers a real chance for the requalification of this significant port location of the city of Trieste.

The temporary consortium between Guillermo Vazquez Consuegra Architects and the Italian engineering consulting: Politecnica, Consilium, Cooprogetti, Mads & Associati, Re.Te, F. Lambertucci, M. Endrizzi and SGM Consulting, will be in charge of the project and the site work management of the new Sea Museum.