The proposal for the Buenos Aires New Contemporary Art Museum pretends to configure a building starting from the preexisting conditions of the place. Now the site is a square that ends an axis of public spaces from the Plaza de Mayo to the Puerto Madero waterfront. Maintaining this public condition prevailed at the beginning of the architectural program arrangement. In addition, there are two landmarks nearby the location, the Fragata Sarmiento Museum and the Woman’s Bridge, important items of the urban landscape of the site.
Taking this into account, the configuration of a solid block building wasn’t the right answer; it denies the continuity of the public spaces putting a barrier between the city and the waterfront. Because of this, the proposed building lifts as a frame housing the entire architectural program leaving the ground level open to the city public life. This strategy frames the landmarks at the same time that it pretends to maintain itself as a permeable space.
In order to keep this permeability condition, the mass of the building is covered with a double façade, the first one is a glass curtain wall and the second a louvered skin that allows natural light into the museum spaces. To ensure the maximum use of internal spaces, the choice of the building structure became an important design decision. First, all floors had to have an open floor plan in order to accommodate different exhibitions and galleries, and secondly, the ground floor had to have as minimum vertical structure elements as possible, allowing the maximum flow of people using the city’s public space. To render this possible, a metal frame perimeter structure was designed holding into horizontal metal trusses resting on 4 ground supports.
This proposal was summited into an Open International Competition hosted by [AC-CA] to generate progressive contemporary design ideas.
[AC-CA] : www.ac-ca.org
Total area: 10.500 m2
PROJECT BY: TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA SINGULAR + EDUARDO PALOMINO
ARCHITECT IN CHARGE: Piergianna Mazzocca
TEAM: Teresa Tognetti, Carlos Blanco y Eduardo Palomino