In Progress
2020 - 2023
MCKNHM Architekten
Rizoma Arquitetura
Mark Mueckenheim and
Maria Paz De Moura Castro

Our design for an Art Pavilion at Inhotim reflects the enigmatic impact of the two outstanding art pieces to be displayed. The building is a contemporary interpretation of an ancient temple or tomb. Archaic tectonics, architectural details, and building proportions reinforce the massiveness of the architecture. None of the traditional elements that give scale to a building, such as doors and windows, can be found. At the southwestern end of the pavilion, concrete beams of the structural grid protrude above the roofline as a superstructure, creating an almost mystical element and an asymmetry within the monolithic entrance facade. The entrance to the pavilion is a wide opening which stretches over the entire width of the building. It is compressed in height by a low canopy that runs across the facade. From afar, it almost seems as if the opening is not tall enough to fit a person. The visitor can step into the shadow and enter the building on either side of this opening. Neither of these paths reveals any visual clues of the spaces for the two artworks. It is up to the visitor to explore the building and discover the art through dim corridors, with few skylights in critical areas of the visitor’s path. In the center of the building, a chamber precedes the two spaces that house the artworks. These spaces are similar in size and proportion to the exhibition venues for which the artist initially envisioned both pieces. The corridor leads to a terrace with a lake view at the back of the building. While the entrance is austere, like a hidden or lost temple, the back is much more lively, with an open cafe, bar, restroom facilities, and sheltered and open outdoor seating. The building is a threshold towards the lake, forming a new locus at the beautiful site to provide an unparalleled art experience. This project is a direct commission and a collaboration between MCKNHM and Rizoma Arquitetura – Maria Paz de Moura Castro, Brazil. This project is an older version of our Michael Heizer pavilion which is now being built on a different site, hence with a different design.