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The structure and materiality of MAM has a level of sophistication in its use of concrete. The mix of materials concrete, glass and brick highlight the use of concrete and its structural and sculptural qualities. The separation between the external structure and the habitable space exaggerates the how the building is supported, as it is read as two forms, giving a sense of weightlessness. The materiality on the inside creates an interesting dialogue between the building, the art work and the visitors.
As well as the art being on show the building is exposed to demonstrate how it functions to facilitate its use, with exposed lighting, ducting, and the suspended floor structure. The importance of the public space is seen through the entrance as an extension of the public space, with only a glass threshold separating the two spaces — inside from outside.
The open plan ground floor consists of the reception, shop and an entrance barrier leading to the ground floor gallery space, with the highlight being the central cast-in-situ concrete spiral staircase, leading to the main gallery spaces above.
The varied gallery spaces on the first and second floors provide opportunities for different works of mixed sizes to be viewed from various vantage points.
The change of height and width of gallery spaces as you move through them creates moments of compression and release, and changing connections with the artwork.
Roof lights in the angled ceiling controlled by blinds, which were closed while visiting provide opportunities for natural light to enter depending on the art work being displayed. The journey through the spaces consist of moments which offer connections with the outside as well as a constant view and connection to another part of the gallery.
Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Arquitectura de la modernidad brasileña
Affonso Eduardo Reidy
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