The main question concerning the new contemporary art museum was: how to deal with a site which has already a bridge as an architectural icon next to it?
In our opinion there are 2 answers to that:creating no icon at all, a museum as a landscape, subordinating the bridgeor a designstrategy combining Puerte de la Muyer and the New Conteporary Art Museum.As the birthplace of Tango, Buenos Aires has a rich tradition of 2 bodies interactingwith each other and moving to the same music . They change their distance; sometimescloser, sometimes further away, but always in the same rhythm.Puente de la Muyer and the New Contemporary Art Museum are those bodies on the site.Puerto Madero their stage. Visitors the audience.As people walking around the district they change their perspective and perceptiontowards the 2 bodies. Hence their dynamic exterior and reflective facade, they alsoseem to change their posistion and appearance. two bodies in motion. one rhythm. onecombined icon for Buenos Aires.
beside contextual associations like waves of the waterfront or setting sail for the Fragata Sarmiento nextby, viewports were the main parameter for stacking the program and wrapping it in a vertical structure.
A new horizontal layer ‘the ART CARPET’ extends Calatrava’s Puente de la Mujer and connects it to the surrounding areas of the waterfront and the parking lots in the West.
As the landform slopes up, it envelopes Information, Shop and Delivery areas till it extends the urban fabric into the lobby of the museum. The loading dock facing the main street and the storage and plant rooms on the lower floors can be closed off completely to a seperate secure area and it is connected to all parts of the building via freight elevator.
Tango, rhythm and motion are also key parameter for the circulation system inside the Museum.
The visitors spiral up inbetween the textile facade and the gallery boxes always feeling the context to the outside throughout the louvers till they reach pockets in the facade enabling a wide panoramic view in different directions. the louver system out of aluminium panels is depending on the insolation of the sun and underlines with its different elevations the textile impression of the museum. a diogonal steel – framework connects the facade to the H-beams of the main strucutre.
All the mentioned facilities in the brief are divided into civic areas allowing natural sunlight and the cultural areas, depending on artificial light and climate. Those 2 areas alternate and interweave within the building, but they are all housed in one seamless structure, creating at each point a different spatial experience towards Buenos Aires and directs its visitors intuitevely into its programs. a park/cafe/restaurant area on 35m and a multipurpose space for special cultural occasions on 54m above ground offer a spectacular view towards its dancing partner and over Puerto Madero and therefor transform the structure into a cultural centre for Buenos Aires.