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  5. Shift Arquitectos
  6. 2015
  7. Sala Caracolas Project / Shift Arquitectos

Sala Caracolas Project / Shift Arquitectos

  • 11:00 - 2 December, 2015
Sala Caracolas Project / Shift Arquitectos
Sala Caracolas Project / Shift Arquitectos, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco + 16

  • Collaborators

    Fannie Fajolles
  • Design and Implementation

    Natalia Busch, Stephan Schaale
  • Area

    Museum curation
  • More Specs Less Specs

Text description provided by the architects. This project was a commission to renovate the Snail collection exhibit in the Pablo Neruda House Museum in Isla Negra.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

We were to develop an exhibit proposal with contemporary lines that generates a neutral and luminous environment to fully appreciate the snails’ delicate details and varied geometries.

Detail
Detail

The existing conditions of the place consisted of a dimly-lit room equipped with steel and glass display cases hung at various heights from the rafters. The criteria of the display was more or less random.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

In the context of the House Museum, the Snail room lies at the end of the visitor circuit. Located after Neruda’s storage room, the first operation was to generate an access that established a clear limit between the house museum and this exhibition room that had a distinct character and required a certain intimacy to differentiate it from the architectural language of the rest of the house.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

This was achieved with two offset elements that create a curved entrance that allows one to see into the room.

Section
Section

Given the long and narrow geometry of the space, the strategy consisted of creating an envelope to locate the collection along the perimeter thus leaving the center of the room free for circulation. In turn, the perimeter display cases are separated from the floor surface with metal structures confined by the existing walls of the room.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

An imperfect symmetry was proposed for the space in which two continuous display cases, with slight nuances and variations in size accommodate the different kinds of snails and to compose the narrative of the circuit. The lighting is conceived entirely with LED technology and considers direct lighting for the displays and indirect lighting for the room both in the ceiling and the floor. In conjunction, etched glass is backlit to generate depth and nuances of light that interpret the aquatic submersion.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

For the paving floors a polished concrete floor with exposed gravel was proposed that reflects the texture of the sand and the solidity of the shell.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

A video inserted into the display system dreamily shows us Neruda immersed in a walk along the shore, the same beach on which the house stands.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Sala Caracolas Project / Shift Arquitectos" 02 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/778070/sala-caracolas-project-shift-arquitectos/> ISSN 0719-8884