Projet d’extension du MALi -  Musée d’Art contemporain de la ville de Lima
Architecture competition - Pérou  -  2016
En partenariat avec Luc Izri, Boris Lefevre et Carl Fredrik Svenstedt

This project is an inverted reflection of the historic building, a horizontal plaza framing it while opening a conexion from the street and the metro to the park beyond. The rise of the plaza on one side shelters visitors from the city, and slopes gently towards the entrance of the extension. The entrances to the two parts of the museum thereby share the same orientation onto the plaza. They are further linked by the folds of the terrain, which create free movement of visitors and material.

Light shafts emerge from the plaza to form a topographic landscape, fertile terrain for public activities. The gates to the park are displaced to its edge, such that the plaza remain accessible to people at all times of the day. The green surfaces of the plaza invite visitors to discover comfortable rest areas. The shifting vegetation links to the rest of the park, which is made wilder by adding new vegetation and hills made from excavation of the museum.

The main gallery of the museum is a vast, sky-lit hall carved beneath the plaza, with flexible spaces for all forms of contemporary artwork. The roof of this all is a structural, inhabitable shell, housing more intimate spaces for ticketing, the museum store, café, and media library. A large ramp from the plaza leads down into this intermediate public realm, with its grand staircase overlooking the exhibition level below. The network of structural light-wells links the different levels of the museum to the plaza. Several larger light-wells become courtyard, with views to the sky and plants growing upwards. Storage and restoration work share the level of the exhibition gallery, for easy access along a service corridor. Deliveries are handled from the south façade, with access to the historic building from the plaza. Situated under the fold of the plaza, the school functions independently, with an entrance and main activities on ground level, directly on Avenida Garcilaso de la Vega. Internal courtyards and double heights link the school to the library, café and entrance level. A passageway even cuts directly from the avenue through the school and onto the plaza, giving views of the historic museum.