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MAR – Rio Art Museum / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura

MAR – Rio Art Museum / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
MAR – Rio Art Museum / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 35

  • Arquitetos

    Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
  • Localização

    Praça Mauá, 5 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil
  • Autores

    Paulo Jacobsen, Bernardo Jacobsen e Thiago Bernardes
  • Coordenação de Projeto

    José Luis Canal e Ricardo Castello Branco
  • Equipe de Projeto

    Aline Bianca de Almeida, Bruna Fregonezi, Daniel Vannucchi, Edgar Murata, Fernanda Maeda, José Miguel de Sousa Ferreira, Lívia Ribas, Renata Leite, Maria Vittoria Oliveira, Maya Leal de Nobrega, Pedro Henrique Ramos, Priscilla Martins Costa e Veridiana Ruzzante.
  • Project Area

    11240.0 m2
  • Ano do projeto

  • Fotografias

  • Landscape

    Burle Marx e Cia ltda.
  • Lighting

    Franco + Fortes – Lighting Design
  • Facilities

    ADDAGE Engenharia e Planejamento / Install Ltda.
  • Structure

    Cerne- Engenharia e Projetos/ GOP – Gabinete de Organização e Projectos
  • Acoustics

    Roberto Thompson Motta Arquiteto Ltda
  • Air Conditioning

    Clima Engenharia, LTDA.
  • Windows and Frames

    QMD Consuiltoria
  • Waterproofing

    PROASSP Assessoria e Projetos
  • Firefighting Consultants

    ML Proteção Contra Incêndio LTDA
  • Electronic Systems

    Bosco & Associados LTDA
  • Signs

    Jair de Souza
  • Soundings

    Audium Áudio e Acústica
  • Lighting Protection Systems

    Instal Engenharia Ltda.
  • Sustainability

    CTE inteligência 360º
  • Managements

  • Contractor

  • Images

    Metro ao Cubo
  • Iniciativa

    Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro
  • Criação e realização

    Fundação Roberto Marinho
  • Interiors

    Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
  • Interiors Architect

    Eza Viegas
  • Interiors Team

    Isabel Beloniel, Luiza Torres Homem
  • Site Area

    2300 m²
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© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Text description provided by the architects. Our challenge was to unite tree existing buildings with different architectural characteristics to house the Museu de Arte do Rio, the school “A Escola do Olhar” as well as cultural and leisure spaces. The existing buildings, the palace Palacete Dom João”, the police building and the old central bus station of Rio, connected shall be part of the major urban redevelopment in the historic downtown of Rio de Janeiro. For each construction we analysed different levels of preservation.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Planta 3º Pavimento Elevation Fluid Roof Diagram Schematic Section + 35

The first step was to establish a flow system allowing the Museum and school to work in an integrated and efficient manner. Therefore we proposed the creation of a suspended square on the police building rooftop, which will unite all accesses and host a bar and an area for cultural events and leisure. Consequently, the visitation will be from top to bottom.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

It was established that the palace, due to its large ceiling height and structure free plan should hold the exhibition areas of the museum. The police building shall be used for the school, auditoriums, multimedia exhibition areas, administration areas and employee areas of the complex.

Building Diagram
Building Diagram

The stilts, currently used as an access to the road, will turn into a large foyer for entire complex, and will hold the sculpture exhibition areas. Access will be controlled between the two buildings, characterizing this empty space as internal, open and covered. The marquee of the Road, heritage element listed by the City, will be used for lavatories, store and region of loading, unloading and deposits. The connection and circulation of visitors between the two buildings, in the form of a suspended catwalk will belong to this new building, featuring the most unusual state possible.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

For the police building, we propose the suspension of the last floor to balance the height of the two buildings as well as the replacement of the masonry closing façade profiles using translucent glass, making the structural system of indented columns visible and revealing the stilts. Finally as the main mark of the project, we suggested that the suspended square have an abstract and aerial form. A fluid and extremely light structure, simulating water surface waves. A poetic architectural character full of meaning, simple and at the same time modern in regards to the structural calculation.  This element shall be seen near and by far, and from below to who is arriving at the Praça Mauá, from above by those who are at the Morro da Conceição.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

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Cite: "MAR – Rio Art Museum / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura" [MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura] 12 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Saieh, Nico) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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