Museo Internacional del Barroco by Toyo Ito

Museo Internacional del Barroco by Toyo ItoImage courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates

Museo Internacional del Barroco by Toyo Ito

In the mexican city of Puebla, acclaimed japanese architect Toyo Ito has designed a museum dedicated to Baroque art. Named Museo Internacional del Barroco, or simply the MIB, it occupies a prominent UNESCO world heritage site in the country’s fourth largest city. The project seeks to translate the Baroque movement, which is considered to be one of the first truly international styles, into the building’s design. The design team established three guidelines for the museum’s construction.

 

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In order to achieve a sense of fluidity, the rigid layout was dissolved with a series of curving walls. Emphasis was placed on ensuring a natural flow of light because “in Baroque art, light symbolizes a revelation from god opposing the darkness of ambivalence” declared the design team. They also explained that the museum must remain environmentally responsible, establishing a strong relationship with nature. It is located in a park that, for the past four years, has devised programs focusing on the interaction between humans and nature.

 

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The building, which reaches a maximum height of 19.52 meters, is easily viewed from the two passing streets. Framing the main façade of the museum, a large public plaza has been designed to welcome visitors. The square includes a passenger drop-off point for buses and cars, information banners, a large stepped bench, and an entrance canopy that shelters guests waiting to enter the museum. Externally, the structure consists of sculptural concrete walls and slabs that have been developed in collaboration with mexican company who specialize in precast concrete.

 

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Walls are precast on the exterior and realized in-situ on the interior. The exposed surface features a bush-hammered texture, making it easy to rectify any defects at a later date. The elevations also function as structural load-bearing walls, with a total thickness of 36 cm. Internally, the MIB has two superterranean levels: exhibition spaces are primarily sited on the lower floor, while rooms related to research, education and the dissemination of Baroque art are located at the storey above. Finally a large fountain is positioned at the center of this expansive patio.

 

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