Thursday, May 07, 2009

New Tamayo Museum, by BIG and Michel Rojkind

New Tamayo Museum overlooking Mexico City - BIG and Michel Rojkind win cultural competition in Mexico.

"Understanding that contemporary art spaces pretend to be more important than the art they contain, our proposal arises from the scheme of requirements previously studied by our clients, assuring maximum functionality in each area while focusing on the development of art projects. By enhancing the program and understanding the topography, a balance between form, function and visual impact for this important space was created. Once the functional part was improved, we could give attention to details that make the space not only a culture enclosure, but also a building that understands its surroundings to distinguish itself and transform from a simple form to a powerful symbol, controversial, but ideal to lodge this new space."
Michel Rojkind, Rojkind Arquitectos

"When you ask contemporary artists what kind of space they would prefer to exhibit their work in – they almost always describe old industrial warehouses or loft spaces. It is the kind of space where they have their studios, but most importantly the rough structures, with large spans and generous ceiling heights provides them with the maximum freedom of expression. On the other hand the museum director or the mayor might want an icon that to attract visitors."
Bjarke Ingels, BIG Partner-in-Charge

BIG and Rojkind Arquitectos
New Tamayo Museum

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