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

© Metro Arquitetos Associados

Check out , 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 30 Sep 2014. <>


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

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

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    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.

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    me gusta la cajota!!! wich means ” i like the bigbox”, who can not have a great control over geometry doing a box??, but what else?

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