In Progress
MCKNHM and Rizoma Arquitetura
Maria Paz De Moura Castro,
Mark Mueckenheim,
Virginia Paz

The Inhotim Institute is an art museum and botanical garden in Brumadinho, Brazil. It is home to one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Brazil and also among the largest outdoor art centers in Latin America. Together in partnership with Rizoma Arquitetura Brazil we were asked to design new guest service pavilions one for a café/juice-bar and entry kiosk. Our design mediates between natural beauty, artworks, and architectural interventions in the park. The new structures need to be gestural so that they will be recognizable focal points for the visitors, but at the same time not compete with the art or the architecture of the art pavilions in the park. The proposed design has a carefully considered expression and materiality, which allows for it to have its own place within the 1942.25 acres of the park. The buildings invoke the aesthetics of temporary and lightweight structures which also have the capability to introduce a special identity for the guest services in the museum.