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BUENOS AIRES CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

All the other overwhelming colors,
in company with the years, kept leaving me,
and now alone remains
the amorphous light, the inextricable shadow
and the gold of the beginning.

-Jorge Luis Borges, The Gold of the Tigers


Amongst the metered brick warehouses of Porto Madero, the Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum [BACAM] stands as a familiar stranger.  Massive and visually dominant from a distance, the filigreed brick scrim transitions to a perforated, light-filled curtain as visitors approach. 

 

An Eden carved from the wilderness lies sheltered inside the perforated mass, a light sculpted from within.  Punctures along the facade allow visitors to slip into the poche, where they remain until encountering the luminous courtyard.  Here, they begin a careful choreography between the shadows that separate the galleries.

Weaving amongst the art, two lightwells provide a constant transparency and bearing to visitors.  Overhead, long rows of louvers craft intricate tapestries of light.

 

When visitors reach the top level, their journey ends with a view to the sea.  

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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