Lima is a multi-layered city. Local art, culture and heritage are unique threads in the urban experience. Lima Art Museum, the Museum of Italian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Lima, ENSAD, the Byzantine Pavilion – each brings its own color to the site. The design of the Mali Contemporary Art Wing is an opportunity to weave cross-cultural institutions together and announce Lima’s potential as the next significant center for arts and intellect.
Our strategy for the museum expansion was guided by simple principles – reduce hardscape; expand the water feature; provide hierarchy to pedestrian circulation; increase greenery in a meaningful way; develop clear boundaries between the experience within the park and urban life and prioritize the pedestrian experience at all times, while standing out architecturally and epitomizing the cultural heritage exhibited inside.
The design intent is to be modern without being alien. Our design hints at traditional values of Peruvian culture while simultaneously introducing Lima as an emerging, global center for education, art and architecture.