Pezo von Ellrichshausen Unveils Design for Chile’s LAMP Art Museum

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Unveils Design for Chile’s LAMP Art Museum

Pezo von Ellrichshausen has unveiled the designs for Chile's new LAMP museum. To be located in the city of Concepción, the museum will host a collection of 2,000 paintings, 500 sculptures and 1,800 books of Chilean artist Eduardo Meissner and painter Rosemarie Prim. The museum will take shape at the foot of the Caracol hill in the city’s Ecuador park, with construction expected to start in 2016.

While the architects describe the project as “a generic spatial structure for a specific condition,” Meissner wrote in an open letter that “the collection will occupy a diaphanous and convincing new building, full of flowers, birds, maidens and spheres, replete with life and air. A building that I imagine floating, with you inside, facing the Biobío river.”

Learn more about the proposal after the break. 

Cortesía de Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Description from the architects: This is a generic spatial structure for a specific condition. It is a homogeneous and monotonous grid of columns in a square plan format that increases its size in height. Around a central open lift, there is a spiral staircase with a balcony half way overlooking every floor. There are no walls in the entire system, only a single type of slender column without direction that is repeated three hundred times throughout the three levels. The distance between the columns is determined by the size of the art collection that will populate the building.

Maqueta. Image Cortesía de Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Every room has the same character, a dense and labyrinth-like landscape almost without any mass. Despite the sameness of elements there is a strong variation from room to room: the amount and size of openings in the ceilings and the distance from the core to the perimeter are unique in every level. Since there are no walls, the paintings will be informally floating in the air, somehow cancelling any gravitational expression, analogous to the fragile assemblage of concrete columns that supports them: a system that becomes seismically stable by means of the concrete mesh of its façades. 

Section B

It is precisely that inexpressive texture of the exterior surfaces, a dark grey concrete and hand painted glass, what enhances the scale of the building in relation to the surrounding park. Its presence is the simple manifestation of a symmetrical scheme, an inverted entasis, which is diagonally anchored to the natural ground with an L shaped floor, with two lateral galleries and the access at the very corner of the hill.

 The complementary program of the exhibition space occupies this open ground floor. While the more intimate areas (a small library, storage and office spaces) are in a basement, the upper level is an urban terrace aligned with the top of the trees.

Axonometric projection
  • Architects

    Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
  • Location

    Concepcion, Chile
  • Collaborators

    Diego Perez, Eva de Hovre, Valentina Chandia, Victoria Bodevin, Caitlyn Flowers, Findlay Barge, Charles Bourely, Sofie Taveirne, Lorenzo Giovannoni, Kim Courreges, Marta Mato, Peter Weber, Jacopo Valentini, Hannah Klug, Marta Tonelli, Lara Monicelli, Yannic Calvez, Dasy Jacobs
  • Structure (Tensar)

    Luis Mendieta
  • Seismic Insulators

    Ruben Boroschek
  • Building services

    Marcelo Valenzuela, Daniel Garrido, Raul Fuentealba
  • Client

    Fundación Meissner-Prim
  • Built surface

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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Cite: Valencia, Nicolás. "Pezo von Ellrichshausen Unveils Design for Chile’s LAMP Art Museum" [Pezo von Ellrichshausen presenta diseño del Museo LAMP en Concepción] 20 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. (Trans. Watkins, Katie) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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