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

© Metro Arquitetos Associados
© Metro Arquitetos Associados

Check out Santos, Brazil’s new Museum of Modern Art 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.

As seen on designboom.

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