A BOLD ARCHITECTURAL INTERVENTION
Nowadays the building situated in the Plaça Major has a different surface area and distribution than the one it originally had as a house. In order to adapt it to its new use, some neighbouring plots of land were added to it and the final remodelling resulted into an imposing and spectacular design.
The final outcome of the redoing is an eclectic and splendid combination between, on the one hand, minimalist design criteria, where glass, copper and rusted iron are the dominant elements, simple shapes enhance the beauty of the straight line and there is a reduction in thickness that defies all limits. And, on the other, the use of some baroque solutions forced by the already existing constructions, made mainly of stone, and which are multiplied in each one of the architectural interventions.

THE BUILDING
The edifice that hosts the Mayoral Espai d’Art is a singular and unique building consisting in two structures connected between them.
The first building is situated at number 23 of the Plaça Major of Verdú, the centre of the town’s social life, and it was formerly an ancestral home popularly known as “Cal Jan”.
DSC_0404Cal Jan was built in the 15th century, as all the other buildings on the same street, and already at that time it was of one the most important houses of Verdú. The lintels of the first floor balconies are an example of early 17th century architecture. In fact, there is an inscription on the façade dating from 1695, which is the year when the house underwent its first reconstruction.
Between 1999 and 2003, and without altering its original façade, the building was remodelled and it opened its doors to the public as the Museum of Toys and Automata the 4th of September 2004.
he second building, located at number 7 Arquebisbe Terés, is a new construction built after the demolition of the existing one.
In 2008, the project for the construction of a new building adjacent to the Museum of Toys and Automata was publicly presented. This new building was to serve complementary purposes to the Museum activities, and it was opened at the end of 2009.
The total floor area is of 1.000 square meters, which are divided into basement, ground floor and first floor.



DESCRIPTION OF THE SPACES
The two buildings together make a total surface of 3.000 square meters. There are no architectural barriers and there is a lift for each one of the areas.
  • Underground floor[second building]
    It serves as storehouse and mechanical room for the mechanical and electrical equipments of the building.
  • Ground floorReception and welcome area.
    Shop (more than 250 sq.) which connects both structures.
    Toilets.
    Storeroom.
  • First floorExhibition.
    Multifunctional room for exceptional events which connects both structures.
    Toilets (ladies, gents and disabled people, with baby changing table).
    Storeroom.
  • Second floorExhibition.
    Multifunctional room for exceptional events which connects both structures.
    Storeroom.
  • Third floorExhibition.
  • Attic[first bulding]Office and filing cabinet.
    Meeting room.
    Kitchen office.

FACT SHEET
  • Daniel Gelabert
    The Public Library of Lleida or the extension of the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation in Mallorca are two of his most outstanding projects, apart from other emblematic buildings and constructions such as the Columbus Monument in Barcelona. In 2011 the Viladot Foundation of Agramunt paid tribute to him.
    From 1999 to 2002 he conducted the architectural project for the construction of the Toys and Automata Museum.
  • Armand Solà
    A career in architecture of more than 25 years, in which he has designed and constructed several art galleries and shops all over Catalonia and Andorra, as well as a great number of houses published in specialized books.
    From 2002 onwards, he conducted the architectural project for the construction of the Toys and Automata Museum, and co-directed the enlargements made in 2008.
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  • Joan Sibina
    Architect specialized in communication architecture and museology. He has combined his professional career with teaching work in several universities of the country. He was Art director of Televisió de Catalunya: creation, conceptualization, design and direction of television programmes. He has received a number of major national and international awards for his achievements.
    He co-directed the architectural project for the enlargements of the Toys and Automata Museum in 2008.