A greatly overlooked museum in Guimarães, the Archeological museum was designed by Marques da Silva and features some monumental halls and spaces inside its dark neo-romanesque façade. But the room which really caught our attention was this, a U-shaped space around a courtyard whose theme seems to be the lozenge: at the display cases with their myriad of little bones, broken pottery and iron arrowheads; at the iron windows, the hanging lanterns and at the ceiling detailing, whose “rafters” look either red or black depending on which way you look.

(by the way, dear Curators and fellow Architects: it’s great to be in a museum with windows!)

Museu Arqueológico Martins Sarmento, Guimarães

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