The Exhibition Park is one of the first large scale public spaces created by the Independent Republic of Peru but as Lima started growing, it gobbled up and splitted the park. Today, the arrival of the subway station nearby consolidates again this place as a neuralgic point of the city, at a metropolitan scale.
The project connects two scales and two levels. The museum thus develops around a fault arranged carefully on the square facing the existing Palace. It forms an open-air space, a catalyst of the flows generated by MALI, the subway, the park and beyond the historic center.
The mild climate of Lima allows the courtyard to be opened all year long and thus to multiply meetings between the artworks and the public, enriching respectively the life of the museum and the everyday life of the passers-by: art in the public space as the basis of a common narrative. As the Uffizi gallery in Florence, the heart of the museum participates in the urban life 24 hours a day.
The existing Exhibition Palace is a monument. The new museum wing has to accompany it more than compete with it. On the surface, an only volume appears, which is at the same time the entrance of the museum and a watch tower on the park. It creates a dialogue with the Palace and defines a void, a new square for the city.
Lima’s art museum extension: exhibition halls, library, classrooms and public space
TVK (alead architect and urban designer), APU (associated architect)
Rodrigo Apolaya (project manager), Simon Oudiette