Spanish firms to build National Archaeological Museum in Peru

Madrid-based contractor OHL Group is to partner with the Spanish-Mexican Aldesa Group to build Peru’s National Archaeological Museum (MUNA).

OHL beat eight other bidders to the $120m contract.

MUNA is described as "the greatest investment in Peru’s history in order to protect, study and disseminate the rich and vast cultural heritage of this Latin American country".

The 75,000 square metre building will accommodate 500,000 pre-Colombian archaeological pieces.

MUNA will contain seven floors, three of them underground, connected by ramps around a central atrium. The development will also house a Children’s Museum, a 450-seat auditorium and conference room, as well as areas intended for restaurants, services and car parks.

The museum be located in the Pachacámac archaeological site, in Lima Province’s Lurín district on Peru’s central coast.

The building’s design is reminiscent of pre-Hispanic architecture, and will aim to be "integrated harmoniously in the cultural and environmental surroundings".

Construction is expected to be completed in two years.

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