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Sparta Archaeological Museum

The procedures for creating the new Archaeological Museum of Sparta are entering the final stretch after the approval of the final studies, which were drawn up in the framework of the Cultural Development Program Agreement with the Region of Peloponnese, with a budget of 2,750,000 euros.

Sparta Archaeological Museum
The existing preserved building.

The study for the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta follows two axes:

a) the restoration of the old shell of the preserved industrial building of the old HYMOFIX factory to include the functions of the New Museum,

b) the addition, by extension, of a two-story building with a basement, so the building complex covers all the functions of a modern museum, universally accessible.

New parameters were added to the relevant studies, which relate mainly to the points of contact between the surrounding area and the building, reported Proto Thema.

In contrast, the final study - the architecture, the statics and that of the electromagnetic installations - is modified in the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta, maintaining, however, visible and visitable architectural remains that were revealed.

Sparta Archaeological Museum
View of the completed new facility.

As the Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni stated, "In the architectural approach, emphasis was placed on preserving and highlighting the main aspect of the building-monument of the HYMOFIX industrial complex, which preserves the principles of the building's design (1957) by the architect Takis Zannetos and on preserving of the interior of the building, so as to recall its industrial character.

"At the same time, the conservation and the best possible viewing of the antiquities revealed by the excavation research is achieved within the outline of the basement of the new building.

"The New Archaeological Museum of Sparta, in combination with the modernisation of the existing cultural infrastructure - a total upgrade of the Old Archaeological Museum of Sparta and restoration of the 'house of Europe' - further upgrades the cultural identity of the city by highlighting, in a modern way, its extremely important cultural stock, contributing at the same time to the promotion and consolidation of a new, sustainable development model for Lacedaemon centred on culture."

View from inside the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta
View from inside the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta

The New Archaeological Museum is located within the archaeological site of Sparta, on a plot of more than 20 acres at the northern end of the city.

Based on the approved studies, the property of the former HYMOFIX factory is used, whose main building - without the additions - has been designated a monument. It is a representative example of an industrial building of the modern movement. In 1959, the two-story and three-story part of the building was constructed, and two years later, it was a single-story extension and then its extension in the form of a shed.

In 2005, the MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS (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, including the building of the HYMOFIX factory designated as a monument and new extensions in contact with the monument.

In the context of the excavation research carried out in the basement of the New Museum, in a total area of ​​1,350 sq.m., an undisturbed, extensive horizon of use from the late archaic and classical periods, as well as important architectural remains, among which construction with a series of rectangular and square cobblestone bases of columns or peg-shaped supports, which must belong to an important building, within a purely archaic layer, in a P-shaped arrangement.

About the original study and due to the antiquities, modifications were made that mainly concern the points of contact with the environment space with the building itself, on the west and north sides and partly on the south.

Illustration diagram of the spaces of the new museum
Illustration diagram of the spaces of the new museum

Regarding the functional organisation 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 main staircase, sanitary facilities, the prison staff's office and the control room are located. The ground floor is also developed on two levels.

The spaces for parallel events and periodical exhibitions, the Cafe, the shop, and public service areas are created on the lower level. 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 room.

On the first floor, in addition to the existing HYMOFIX factory, the functions include the four stairwells, the elevators, the WC for the public and people with disabilities, 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.

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

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