The Menorca Museum occupies the rooms sorrounding the cloisters of the Convent of Sant Francesc, and continues to the Church bearing the same name. The entrance to the museum is situated in the façade of the convent which is an extension of the principal façade of the Church of Sant Françesc.
At the level of the cloister pavements, the first floor of the museum contains the vestibule, reception area, temporary exhibition room, auditorium, cafeteria, and the cloister itself. In addition, rooms in the bottom floor can be used at different hours from those of the permanent gallery that occupies the two floors above.
The interventions of the renovation have contributed to the appreciation of the architecture as a whole. The opening and closing from the doors, the elimination of the secondary walls, the construction of the exterior escalators that link the cloister with the terraza of the cafeteria and the passageway nera the convent, the changes of the pavements, the location of the services and the elevator merge into the building, complimenting the woodwork an furniture, constructed in iroko wood. The iroko wood, robust and dark, accompanies the clear white atmosphere of the building, and thus, evokes the sober and sever environement of the monks that once inhabited in the convent.
The museum´s display covers a perion extending from pre-history to contemporary work. The variety of pieces to be shown required an extreme flexibility in the display. For this construction, we chose volumnous tables and iroko beams that rest against the gallery room walls. The glass showcase and objects are placed above this tables and beams in such a way that furniture additions to the collection do not modify the image of the whole, even when the showcases are moved or the display pieces are exchanged for new ones.
The flexible white lamps reach out from the walls allow flexibility in display. At the same time being exterior and independent to the showcases they avoid interior heating problems and can be oriented in the desired direction to highlight certain pieces or to illuminate the museum roof and walls by reflection.