By adding additional parameters which are mainly related to the contact points of the surrounding space with the building, the definitive study -the architecture, the statics and that of the electromagnetic installations- in New Archaeological Museum of Spartahowever, keeping the architectural remains that were uncovered visible and accessible.
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 in order to include the functions of the New Museum, b) the addition, by extension, of a two-storey building with a basement, so that the building complex covers all the functions of a modern museum, universally accessible.
As stated by the Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni, “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, the project of creating the New Archaeological Museum of Sparta is in the final stretch. 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 the interior of the building, so as to remind 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 modernization 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 centered on culture”.
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. 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 the year 1959, the two-story and three-story part of the building was constructed, 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.
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 a construction with a series of rectangular and square cobblestone bases of columns or peg-shaped supports, which must belong to an important public building, within a purely archaic layer, in a P-shaped arrangement. In relation to 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.
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, 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.