The Master plan for the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico was initiated by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company as a first step in the creation of a new museum devoted to the arts of the people of Puerto Rico. This effort was the result of our earlier feasibility study, which identified the physical, financial, and museological opportunities posed by this venture.
The new museum is housed in the former Municipal Hospital, a historic colonial structure in Santurce, a suburb of nearby San Juan. As architects, in association with RKK&G of NYC and The Museum Group of San Juan, KAPC oversaw the complete restoration of the 40,000 s.f. building, with an addition culminating in a 110,000 s.f. museum and educational center. The museum provides extensive permanent and changing galleries with an 800-seat theater, food service facilities, and a great hall-atrium.
The project was completed in 2001 for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico & the Government Development Bank
of Puerto Rico. The firm completed a feasibility study, architectural design, and engineering design coordination, etc.