Contemporary Art Museum

Buenos Aires, Argentina



This proposal is conceived as a stacking of boxes within an incomplete frame. This destabilized form blurs its definition, engages its surroundings and makes art an experience which floats above the city.
As a vertical proposal, each individual gallery can be seen from far away giving the smallest events in the museum presence in the city. In addition to lifting program up off the ground, each gallery is shifted to create outdoor decks and opportunities for skylights. Each gallery is conceived as a distinct volume within the museum structure. While each space is independent, elevators and escalators connect them vertically. As the galleries are stacked upon one another, they are shifted to create decks that allow gallery interiors to spill out to the exterior. Inside the galleries, skylights are positioned to reflect the location of the overhead gallery and provide diffuse natural daylighting. The strategy to lift the program vertically was driven by a desire to open the ground floor as much as possible. The water's edge is a dynamic urban condition. Only the entry lobby functions, the shop and loading areas are on the ground floor. As a result, the ground floor is open allowing visitors the opportunity to see both the Puente de la Mujer and La Fragata Sarmiento from Avenue Alicia Moreau.

Project Team: Jason R. Chandler, A.I.A., Hermann Gonzalez.

Images/Models: Chandler and Associates

Model Photographs: Alan D’Amore