The way is opened for the construction of the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta


The Ministry of Culture and Sports has completed the process of approving all the studies for the construction of the new Archaeological Museum of Sparta at the site of HYMOFIX

The Ministry of Culture and Sports has completed the process of approving all the studies for the construction of the new Archaeological Museum of Sparta at the site of HYMOFIX, as the Ministry of Culture and Sports informs in a statement.

The restoration of its building of the old HYMOFIX factory and its utilization in a modern Archaeological Museum, combined with the total upgrading and expansion of the existing Museum and the completion of the restoration of the “house of Europe”, upgrades the cultural infrastructure of Sparta and highlights its extremely important cultural stock in a modern way , as the same announcement adds.

“With the approval of the studies, prepared in the framework of the Cultural Development Program Agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Region of Peloponnese, with a budget of 2,750,000 euros, the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta is on track for implementation. The revision of the original architectural study, defining a lower basement level, was deemed imperative in order to enable the preservation of the antiquities, revealed by the archaeological investigation, within the contours of the basement of the new building.

In the architectural approach, emphasis was placed on preserving and highlighting the main aspect of the HYMOFIX building, which preserves the principles of its original design, but on preserving the interior of the listed building, so as to recall its industrial character,” stated, among other things, Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni.

Where is it

The New Archaeological Museum is located within the archaeological site of Sparta, on a plot of land of more than 20 acres, at the northern end of the city. On the basis of the above approved studies, the property of the former HYMOFIX factory is used, whose main building – without the additions – has been designated as a historic preserved monument.

It is a representative example of an industrial building of the modern movement, built by the architect P. Zeneto. In 1959, the two-story and three-story parts of the building were built, two years later its single-story extension and then its extension in the form of a shed. In 2005, the YPPOA bought the property from the National Bank for the location of the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta. In 2020, the architectural preliminary study was approved, which included the building of the HYMOFIX factory designated as a monument, as well as new extensions in contact with the monument.

What will the new museum be like?

The approved study of the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta on the HYMOFIX plot follows two axes. It envisages, on the one hand, the restoration of the old shell of the industrial building, in order to include functions of the New Museum, on the other hand, the addition of a two-story building with a basement, so that the building complex covers all the functions of a modern, universally accessible museum.

Regarding the functional organization of the spaces, the basement is developed on two levels. On the lower level there are, among other things, three distinct main storage areas for ceramics, mosaics and sculptures, smaller storage areas for excavation finds, a treasury and the central elevator. On the second level, the air-conditioning machine room, the central staircase, sanitary facilities, the prison staff’s office and the control room are located.

The ground floor is also developed on two levels. On the lower level, the spaces for parallel events and periodical exhibitions, the cafe, the shop, and public service areas are created. On the upper level of the ground floor, the main exhibition hall, study areas, laboratories and sanitary areas are developed, while there is a connection to the outside area.

On the first floor, in the addition of the existing HYMOFIX factory, the functions include the four stairwells, the elevators, WC for the public and the disabled, two warehouses for exhibition items and permanent exhibition spaces. The addition is connected to the floor of the old HYMOFIX factory. The first floor of HYMOFIX includes a room for educational activities, WC offices, stairwells and two elevators. Finally, the area of ​​the existing tank houses mechanical installations. The study foresees the exploitation of the former boiler room of HYMOFIX, which is an independent construction.

On the ground floor there are offices, WC, kitchen, staircase and elevator. On the ground floor there is a guest house, offices, a scientific documentation archive and a stairwell with an elevator.

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