Monument & Void: Massive Stone Museum of Mayan Background
Article by Urbanist, filed below Public & Institutional in the Architecture class.
Commissioned for Guatemala City, this weighty megalithic structure is set to be the biggest museum commemorating Mayan culture and background in Central America. Its architectural good results, even so, comes as considerably from its empty spaces as from its imposing framework, as evidenced by the 8-story central void shown above.
At a glance, the building seems to be like a monolithic box set upon a piecemeal plinth, the latter helping to give the former a sense of not possible mass. This humbling exterior gives way to an only somewhat-far more-human-scaled series of spatial experiences inside.
Heavy stone-clad walls pierced by patchwork voids conspire to reinforce the sense of visual thickness that permeates the task, referencing ancient Mayan temples in terms of architectural components and ideas but also sheer scale.
This area-referencing layout resulted from global collaboration between Harry Gugger Studio of Switzerland and Over,Under of Boston. More details from these firms below.
“The new Museo Maya de América is between the most ambitious cultural projects under growth in Central America. It is planned to property one of the world’s most significant collections of objects, artefacts, ar2rks, textiles and knowledge relating to the background and culture of the Mayan Civilisation.”
“Located on the northern edge of L’Aurora Park, the new museum constructing will form the culmination of a cultural axis that involves the Guatemalan Museum of Contemporary Art and the Children’s Museum. This dense cluster of cultural institutions, in tandem with the large open spaces of the adjacent park will become a focal point for tourists and residents alike.”
An open central “void extends down in to the parking ranges under ground, offering an interesting route up into the museum and a unique area to show underworld-relevant artefacts. The landscaped roof of the museum is after once again offered back to the public with a series of different areas such as a restaurant and terrace, roof gardens and viewing decks all accessible from the Cenote.”
“The large surface of the roof will also be utilized to gather rainwater in a method recalling classic Maya practices by drawing water via a series of channels into the Cenote, improving the museums commitment to the atmosphere by means of water recycling.”