The Roman Aqueduct of Albarracín. 2010 — Museums

This permanent exhibition describes the complexity of a Roman aqueduct, its route and the engineering calculations undertaken for its construction, running for more than 26 kilometres across the territory of the Sierra de Albarracín.

Institutional sponsor: Provincial Council of Teruel

Location: Gea de Albarracín, Teruel

© Photography: Ignasi Cristià SL

When we imagine an aqueduct, we automatically think of large arches overlapping in the form of a bridge. The Roman aqueduct of Albarracín, however, looks nothing like that. Yet its archaeological value is, if possible, even greater since it runs the length of 26 kilometres. This feat of engineering was achieved through underground ducts, ditches and even galleries dug into the mountains. But how do we explain something that is not easy to see and does not conform to the image we expect to see? That was the biggest challenge of this assignment.

In coordination with the architecture team, we designed an exhibition space inspired by classical style, with references to Roman architecture, where an audio-visual display was projected. After the projection, the screen was raised and visitors could enter a more neutral white space, where several pole signs and objects explained the construction work and the operation of the aqueduct. One-to-one replicas of sections of the aqueduct were built so they could be properly observed. Replicas were also made of Roman artefacts found during the excavations. Finally there was a room with a large glass curtain wall that allowed visitors to observe the landscape along with an explanation of the path of the aqueduct. In this area, both the architecture and the museographic elements reproduced the winding route of this Roman construction.

Aqueduct Visitors Centre Website