New Wing of Contemporary Art MALI, Lima
MALI Museum Extension, Lima, Peru
Instead of elaborating on the differences between the new addition and the historic building – so often the case in these kind of exercises – the proposal establishes a continuity between both architectural components. The decisive gesture is the excavation of a deep rectangular patio next to the actual museum, implementing an interior facade that mimics the order and proportion of the neoclassical elevation, establishing a dialogue between the existing building and its contemporary addition. It is the primitive gesture of the rectangular void -fifteen meters deep- that will constitute the main urban attraction: a large sunken public space equipped with elegantly descending ramps and bracketed by two majestic vaulted interior spaces.
Descending towards the central patio along the zigzagging ramps, the strong contrast between the referential historic elevation and the austere contemporary façade plays a prominent role. These wide public walkways also allow previews into the main exhibition halls and connect directly to the subway system, making it an engaging spatial experience for citizens and visitors alike. This large sunken public space gives access to the exhibition lobby, the museum shop, educational rooms and the library: all housed within the pragmatic geometry of the adjoining spaces to allow maximum programmatic flexibility.
Underscoring the historic notion of the ‘exhibition park’ (originally designed to house the Lima International Exhibition of 1872) a new pavilion is added to the park, expanding the actual collection of expressive architectural curiosities. The kiosk houses a beautiful café with outdoor terrace and a secondary access (with loading dock) to the underground museum extension. This contemporary piece of architecture with its striking dome out of polished brass panels, will give the new wing a strong visible component above ground level: a prominent landmark within exhibition park and the city of Lima.
Collaborators: Juan Benavides, Diego Velazquez, Gerardo Aguilar, Oswaldo Delgadillo | Type: Open International Competition – Cultural Infrastructure | Client: MALI (Museo de Arte de Lima) | Surface: 6400 m2 | Date: July 2016 | Prize: Honorable Mention