Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos

© Eduardo Eckenfels

Architects:
Location: Brumadinho, Minas Gerais,
Design Team: Rodrigo Cerviño Lopez
Client: Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea
Cost: € 500,000
Area: 558 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Eduardo Eckenfels, Vicente de Mello

Collaborators: Fernando Falcon, Eduardo Chalabi
Structural Engineering: Suely Bueno

© Vicente de Mello

Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea is located in Brumadinho, a village near Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state. A personal initiative of the mining industry businessman Bernardo Paz, the museum has an unusual architectural concept. Instead of sum up all its installations into a unique building, it is composed of many pavilions spread out in a park of approximately 35 hectares.

© Eduardo Eckenfels

The Adriana Varejão Gallery was commissioned to shelter two works of the artist acquired by the museum and exhibited at Cartier Foundation: the sculpture Linda do Rosário and the polyptych Celacanto Provoca Maremoto (with the further development of the project, the artist created another four works for the building). The project should occupy a hillside with a small slope (typical of the topography of Minas Gerais, composed of old and smooth hills) partially surrounded by the native forest, an area formerly used to store containers. The original topography was modified for this new use: a huge displacement of earth has cut it, creating the great horizontal plane necessary to the storage.

© Vicente de Mello

The orientation of the project aimed to recompose the site’s original topography and inserting on it an artificial element: a regular block in reinforced concrete (prestressed wasn’t necessary), partially inserted in the hillside. The building structure is composed by an irregular retaining wall that gains the space in the ground floor and receives the loads of the block, in its deepest part, trough two beams, in the middle, trough 4 columns integrated in the wall.

© Eduardo Eckenfels

The building was also conceived as a spiral path that connects two different levels of the park, alternating moments of contraction/passage and expansion/exhibition: from the ground floor, (1, contraction) in the middle of the water pound, in a narrow promenade, away from the building; (2 expansion: Varejão’s piece Panacea Phantastica, a tile bench with drawings of hallucinatory plants) The small square plaza of the groundfloor; (3 contraction) The promenade turns to the building; (4 expansion: the sculpture Linda do Rosário and the paiting The Collector) the ground floor, inside the hill, below the concrete block; (5 contraction) The stairs; (6 expansion, the polyptych Celacanto provoca maremoto) The first pavement, inside the concrete block; (7 contraction) The ramp; (8 expansion: another tile bench, now with drawings of birds, Passarinhos-from Inhotim to Demini) The terrace, above the concrete block; (9 contraction) The bridge. And vice versa.

First Floor Plan

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Cite: "Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos" 20 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 13 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=319723>

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      wouldn’t be nice if everyone read carefully first before saying BS around?
      Try again: 500 thousand euros. 500 000 euros. 500 000 euros, not 500 million.

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      and just for the record: all the museum was built with tons of money from just one single investor. Private money. ok?

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    Derek, it’s ~600m2, how do you figure it’d cost 500 million Euros? It clearly states 500,000.00 which is relatively inexpensive given the size.

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