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Batay-Csorba Architects, Buenos Aires, Argentina, New Contemporary Art Museum, museum design, mirror façade, contextual, flexible space, big scale installations, Puerto Madero, waterfront

New Contemporary Art Museum for Buenos Aires, Argentina, designed by Batay-Csorba Architects, surely takes advantage of the long but narrow dockside of the renewed waterfront. Building’s skin is mirrored therefore the envelope mimics the surrounding while representing a clear sign of the renewal of the neighborhood.

This museum on the docks of Puerto Madero traded the introverted and expected role of an institutionalized public art facility for a role of a catalyst for public space and interaction with the public realm. Due to the special requirements regarding light in the museums, as well as the access and views, most buildings settle for blank facades and the aim of the architects at Batay-Csorba Architects was quite the opposite – they designed engaged envelope in order to bring the museum to the public and not the vice versa. The design erased the exact border between the museum proper and public space, the walls of the urban gallery have been elevated and extended to the edge of the water so that the pedestrians actually walk through the gallery space. The large exhibition spaces are using latest technologies for continuous daily projections and the high gallery space enables big scale installations.

The system of galleries forms a series of linear, homogeneous layers, varying in typology and performance characteristics. The exhibition space is neutral and more importantly – flexible, therefore privileging the art and leaving the options open regarding the possible arrangements and curatorial freedom.

As the building volume is compressed so it would meet the surrounding, the gallery width reaches the 60’ optimum. The entry galleries and the atriums, which are usually form the welcoming area are moved to the periphery of the building, therefore providing more square footage and the surface for display as they are naturally extended to the exterior exhibition space.

Batay-Csorba Architects, Buenos Aires, Argentina, New Contemporary Art Museum, museum design, mirror façade, contextual, flexible space, big scale installations, Puerto Madero, waterfront

 

Batay-Csorba Architects, Buenos Aires, Argentina, New Contemporary Art Museum, museum design, mirror façade, contextual, flexible space, big scale installations, Puerto Madero, waterfront

 

Batay-Csorba Architects, Buenos Aires, Argentina, New Contemporary Art Museum, museum design, mirror façade, contextual, flexible space, big scale installations, Puerto Madero, waterfront

Batay-Csorba Architects, Buenos Aires, Argentina, New Contemporary Art Museum, museum design, mirror façade, contextual, flexible space, big scale installations, Puerto Madero, waterfront

Batay-Csorba Architects, Buenos Aires, Argentina, New Contemporary Art Museum, museum design, mirror façade, contextual, flexible space, big scale installations, Puerto Madero, waterfront

Batay-Csorba Architects, Buenos Aires, Argentina, New Contemporary Art Museum, museum design, mirror façade, contextual, flexible space, big scale installations, Puerto Madero, waterfront

 

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