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.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina