The rooms of the Casa de Colón, air-conditioned like the Sistine Chapel

The machinery of the new air conditioning system of the Casa de Colón was installed thanks to the help of huge cranes.

The project, in which the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria has invested 630,000 euros, will be presented on June 8, at 7:00 p.m., with a round table and a video projection.

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The exhibition rooms of the
Columbus House are already at the height of one of the most visited venues in the world, the
Sistine Chapelat least as far as energy efficiency is concerned, since the Cabildo de Gran Canaria has equipped them with the same air conditioning system after a
investment of 630,000 euros.

The people who visit the enclaves and the valuable collections that both house
historical places enjoy the same system
air conditioningwith state-of-the-art technology and maximum respect for the environment and the value of the buildings that house them, held this Monday on the occasion of the
International Environment Day the Insular Ministry of Culture in a statement.

The air conditioning machinery is installed on the roof of the Casa de Colón. /


The presentation of this commitment to the
energy efficiency of the Colombian headquarters will take place this Wednesday during a round table on the sustainability of museums, in which the promotion of sustainability in museums will be discussed through works that take care of the collections and the
energy performance of the building.

The air conditioning project of the Casa de Colón is, in this sense, a reference of good practices in relation to the
agenda 2030 of sustainable development goals. Its execution, in charge of the company Ingemont Tecnologías SA, has meant eight months of work, necessary to undertake the works with the peculiarities that a building as unique as the Casa de Colón entails, the note highlights.

Columbus House closed 2021 with an attendance of
73,815 visitors and usersalmost 35% more than in 2020, when 54,831 people were counted.

Although the figure is still far from the
pre-pandemic datait is true that the museum installation welcomes an increasing number of visitors, who bring with them
heat, humidity, dust and CO2.

Faced with the risk that the exhibited works would suffer serious damage, the Museum Service, which runs
Alicia Bolanos Naranjo set out to find innovative and environmentally friendly solutions.

The proposed solution also ensures that the collections can also feel safer with the control guaranteed by this innovative technology.

However, find the
suitable project for a building with the characteristics of the Casa de Colón it was not an easy task, as its curator explains,
Ramon Gil, who recalls that "it is a museum nestled in the historic center of Vegueta" located on "the site that
It was the house of the governors of the island« which has established itself as "an icon of the city of the first order, hence the importance of a project like this when it comes to not distorting what visitors expect to see".

In addition to getting the
exposed targetsthe system had to be perceived as little as possible, both visually and auditorily, and the key, in this case, has been to distribute the
homogeneous airconditioning the volume of air in the room in its entirety.

In this way, it has been possible to provide the Casa de Colón with a modern and efficient system, which
meets the needs of conservation of works of art and that, at the same time, is respectful of the building that houses them and its visitors.

The designed system consists of a production center, made up of a
chiller and heat pump responsible for producing hot and cold water for the operation of the installation. They are equipment that reduce their sound level to adapt to the emblematic environment. The
system includesin addition, air treatment units that condition the exhibition rooms, incorporating the flow of
ventilation necessary and filtering it to minimize pollutants, both indoors and outdoors.

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