Mali Museum Extension

LOCATION: Lima, Peru.

YEAR: 2016

TEAM: Pablo Pérez Palacios + Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas, Claudia Cortez, Enrique Villegas, Blas Treviño

We seek an icon that will provoke the visitor to recognize and appreciate the historical weight of Mali Museum facing the challenges of its immediate urban reality.

The solicited project it’s a paradigm of a city that looks to conciliate the richness of it’s historical bagage with it’s socio-cultural force of today.

We responded by closing a wall against the auditory and visual contamination of the city by opening a square in front of the building's facade. The square results from reactivating the internal circulation of the park by joining the access located on the Garcilaso de la Vega avenue and the metro station to be built on the Paseo Colón, solving a pedestrian street with a diagonal line that opens in front of the museum facade.

What is originally a wall, it evolves into a volume that hosts a program as a fluid and dynamic route between ramps, containing in its exterior a public and inclusive plaza under the shelter of the shade where it is immediately related to the historical museum; the square is resolved as a dialogue between two volumes of times and different origins at the service of the visitor and pedestrian. The plaza thus becomes a place of leisure and transition, a place of rest and shade; an oasis in the hostility of the urban context.

The new volume expresses its materiality in a solid way following the composition of the façade in the existing museum respecting the heights and the constructive module of it. The third level that exceeds the height of the original building, fades into the landscape as a diaphanous mirror facade, avoiding any intention of competition.

The important thing is the void; the non-museum.