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An in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to re­vi­talise and re­fur­bish the his­toric Hall of Realms as a new ad­di­tion to the Museo Na­cional del Prado cam­pus has been won by Foster + Part­ners and Ru­bio Arqui­tec­tura. The Dhs118 mil­lion project in­cludes re­cov­er­ing an orig­i­nal 17th-Cen­tury façade and creat­ing a new in­door pub­lic space. Orig­i­nal façade open­ings will be re­in­stated to en­able sun­light to reach in­te­rior ar­eas, while a new roof will har­vest en­ergy from in­te­grated so­lar cells, and ex­hi­bi­tion space will be in­creased by around 2500 square me­tres. Con­struc­tion work is ex­pected to start in 2018, a year be­fore the Prado cel­e­brates its bi­cen­te­nary.

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