A spectacularly modern property sheltering contemporary art installations rises in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Designed by São Paulo-based interior design and architectural studio Tacoa Arquitetos, the property that shelters the Adriana Varejão Gallery is a personal initiative of the mining industry businessman Bernardo Paz. Summing up art installations in a collection of pavilions, this building displays the perfect setting for the modern artwork spread over an 86 acres park.
The hillside location where in the past, containers were usually stored became a stunning display of modern art and architecture under the attentive supervision of Tacoa Architects.
Here is how they describe the project:
“The Adriana Varejão Gallery was commissioned to shelter two works of the artist acquired by the museum and exhibited at Cartier Foundation: the sculpture Linda do Rosário and the polyptych Celacanto Provoca Maremoto (with the further development of the project, the artist created another four works for the building). The project occupies a hillside with a small slope (typical of the topography of Minas Gerais, composed of old and smooth hills) partially surrounded by the native forest, an area formerly used to store containers (…) The orientation of the project aimed to recompose the site’s original topography and inserting on it an artificial element: a regular block in reinforced concrete (pre-stressed wasn’t necessary), partially inserted in the hillside. The building structure and interior design is composed by an irregular retaining wall that gains the space in the ground floor and receives the loads of the block, in its deepest part, trough two beams, in the middle, trough four columns integrated in the wall.”