Memory Museum / Estudio America


Sao Paulo based practice Estudio America recently completed the new Memory Museum in the cultural district of Matucana in Santiago, .

Interesting combination, as the Sao Paulo architecture scene has a strong heritage from Brazilian architects Oscar Niemeyer, Mendes da Rocha, Lina Bo Bardi, and other architects from the modern movement. The result? A pure volume, on which every effort has been put into the structure, cantilevering between two ponds on which a line of shadow on the base make the volume gravitate. Finishes are simple, with no pretension.

Under the volume, a big shadow welcomes visitors, who pass by a small lobby before entering the triple-height inside the container, with the different exhibition spaces. Circulations go on the perimeter, from where the perforated copper skin offers a perfect view of the outside.

More photos of the museum after the break, and the complete photoset on Nico Saieh‘s website:

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
Cite: "Memory Museum / Estudio America" 26 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • fernando

    cada vez que veo un memorial o algun edificio conmemorativo no se si ponerme nostalgico o agradecer lo bueno que se puede sacar de estos lamentables hechos, saludos archdaily

  • Bob Mang

    The interior space is not very proportional to the whole block. that 2 galeries are killing the central space, that could be more monumental taking advantage of the generous space that the building occupies. Mendes da Rocha is a clear reference, specially the landscape (the best part of this project) that reminds the Sculpture Museum.

  • stern griffith

    WOW, that structure looks amazing! Anybody knows what the skin material is?
    Great photos

    • alonso

      mmmm i’m think is rusty cooper :D

  • Jude

    The exterior is in fact much better than the interior.
    The exterior has a strong volume (in my opinion the structure could be more simple). The interior os ok… has nothing special… materials, or anything…
    It is good to have a brazilian project in a foreigner country soil.
    Carlos Dias is a great architect!


    RT @archdaily: A new museum in Chile:

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  • Fosterito

    I agree, the exterior is better. The interior was kind of ok until I saw the suspended ceiling… so XX century!
    An exposed concrete ceiling with coordinated services would have been much nicer and contributed to the “mausoleum” atmosphere (we have to also realise what this building commemorates). Don’t think that ceiling was well thought, you would use it maybe in an office but not in a building of this kind. Other than that the building appears correct in the pictures, although I know there is a back elevation that is not shown and I know why…
    By the way the skin material is a copper mesh as far as I am aware..


    treeesss :(

  • rocha

    not nice to copy someonelse work !