Architects: MACh Arquitetos
- Year: 2010
Photographs:Gabriel Castro / Reverbo
- Structure: Eng. Hélio Chumbinho
- Climate: Eng. Carlos E. Braga de Resende
- Instalations: Eng. Carlos Alberto Oliveira
- Project Architects: Fernando Maculan + Mariza Machado Coelho
- Collaborators: Fernanda Amaral de Souza e Lawrence Solla
- City: Belo Horizonte
- Country: Brazil
Text description provided by the architects. The building designed to house a new café for the Museum and the Public Archives of Minas Gerais starts with the judicious use of the free space between the two buildings which are important architectural examples built by the Building Committee of the new capital at the end of the 19th century. The complex's initial purpose was to house the Senate and the Finance Minister's residence.
With the intention of preserving the free area between the two buildings, the café is partially underground. The concrete slab over the new space configure a grassy square that best integrates existing buildings both visually and functionally, providing better mutual access and flows between the floors leveled by this re-designing of the public space.
A new concrete block, with the function of vertical circulation and access to the superintendent of Museums building, complete the harmonious architectural composition around the square.