Dirk Houtgraaf

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Pavilion 26 - old harbour - to host a new museum, Trieste

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From a functional plan to an architectural plan

The list of functions and thus functional spaces is just the beginning. It leads to defining the relations between exhibition galleries and other facilities. Of course this does not mean that all the functions listed above are vital for the museum or that all museums can afford to have such an articulated architectural plan, but certainly it means that you must have clearly in mind what is essential and what not, and what is the minimum space necessary to offer your public a good service. In most cases we know this exercise of what is really needed leads to a functional plan, which is the basis for the necessary briefing to the architect(s). It then turns into an architectural plan. An architectural plan will have an estimate of the costs, whether it is in the to be renovated museum building or in a completely new one. It will not come as a surprise that the final result often leaves the permanent exhibition less space than wished and originally aimed for. The costs are almost always higher than calculated, and this often diminishes the possibilities for the exhibit spaces and for some special functions. The architectural plan might lead to proposed changes in the relationship between the exhibition galleries and the other functions. Be aware and have your arguments ready for those defining moments.

3. I n the context of a functional plan

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