Buenos Aires, competition for New Contemporary Art Museum

Edited by: Eugenia GottiArchitecture Department Editor – eugenia.gotti@positive-magazine.com

Where: Buenos Aires

Artworks: Competition New Contemporary Art Museum www.ac-ca.org

Published today the results of the Idea Competition issued by Architectural Competition Concours d’Architecture for the design of the New Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires. The New Contemporary Art Museum will be located in the Puerto Madero district also known, within the urban planning community, as the Puerto Madero Waterfront. It occupies a significant portion of the Río de la Plata riverbank and represents the latest architectural trend in Buenos Aires.


Puerto Madero has been redeveloped with an international flair, drawing interests from renown architects such as Norman Foster, César Pelli and Phillippe Starck, among others. Elegible to participate were architects, architecture graduated, engineers, students and interdisciplinary teams were also encouraged to enter the Competition.

The winners are a team of two architects from United States: Shelby Ponce and Eduardo Ponce with a project which talk about a mix of open and close exhibition spaces. Their building is proposed as a new city icon. Diagonal cuts in the bold volume created art-gardens that redesign parts of public city.

Second place for Marco Podestá and Matías Pereira two architects from Uruguay. The project includes a full height main space at the centre of the building, the footprints are marked by perforated circle of lights.

Third place for two students from Japan, Omura Takuya and Aoyama Takahiro.Stand out among the winning projects with special mention “The Frame” designed by Xiaodi Yang, Wanyu He, Yujun Yin come from China and “Dique Museum” of Franch Benoît Chantelou, Thomas Landemaine, Nuno da Silva, Louis Destombes.

The entrants were invited to explore how far they can push the rules and guidelines set for Competition, together with the different origins of the participants made this contest an interesting mirror of the current trend.

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