Museum of Modern Art / Metro Arquitetos Associados + Paulo Mendes da Rocha


Check out Santos, Brazil’s new designed by Metro Arquitetos Associados and Paulo Mendes da Rocha (be sure to check out our interviews with da Rocha here). Officially opened last month,  the museum is visually shocking as the gigantic volume seems to be hovering over an open gathering space.  Metal trusses measuring 60 m by 20 m support the two all-metal walls of the project.  On the exterior, the facade  is made with pre-cast slabs of concrete and then on the interior, it is plastered.   The museum boasts one exhibit hall of 1,135 m² and one of 1,200 m², a café, ticket office, gift shop, lounge and archive, and is integrated into the existing Benedito Calixto Art gallery by way of the suspended steel beams of the new museum.

More images after the break.

© Metro Arquitetos Associados
© Metro Arquitetos Associados
© Metro Arquitetos Associados

As seen on designboom.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Museum of Modern Art / Metro Arquitetos Associados + Paulo Mendes da Rocha" 03 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    If we speak about museums, especially museums of modern art, should it be so minimal?… Or it should be more attractive and ikonic…

  • citizen

    They can be minimal.

  • CanYou

    it’s just a small gallery

  • Fabio

    It’s a shoe box, boring

    • oibaf

      as if you were already over shoe boxes.. you probably have just heard of that term.

    • John

      Agree 100% perhaps some superficial decorative curves would make it more interesting……………

      • Frederico

        Decoration is something superfluous in modern architecture. Architecture is not a girly makeup!

  • jp
  • john

    I like it

  • emre

    the thing is to create something striking with the “boring” vocabulary that you mention. and this building is striking. latin american modern architecture has reached a classical age. they dont care about trendy things.

  • Manu

    A perfect occasion to say “less is more”, great control over geometry.