A MOTOR OF CHANGE, A CHANGE OF MOTOR
The automobile has been an important force in the development of communities, especially for Andorra, a country located in the Pyrenees, which was isolated from the world until the democratization of cars made it possible to connect, trade and travel. In the midst of the evolution of transportation, cars went from being a symbol of progression to a restrictive component for the citizen, as towns and cities are now designed for cars rather than people. The town of Encamp (Andorra) therefore initiated a new urban strategy by making the main road surround its city center rather than cutting right through it, thus restituting the space to the community.
As part of the second phase of Encamp’s urban plan, the MNAA aims to transcend the construction of a new building for Andorra’s history of the automobile by prioritizing and humanizing the public space around it. Positioned between two public buildings (the Town Hall and Ministry of Culture) the building creates a dialogue between the three entities, while two additional squares and a staircase add new value to the public area. The museum thus takes over the preliminary role of the automobile by becoming a catalyst for connection, movement and change.