New Jade Museum

New Jade Museum

Architect
FoRo Arquitectos
Location
San Jose, Costa Rica
Category
Museums

New Jade Museum

FoRo Arquitectos as Architects

Understanding the urgency of improving the city and the architecture of the city, the Project proposes the following:


1. Urban Complex – Composed of two main volumes: one that is the “protagonist” (the museum), the other as “backdrop” (administration), with two levels of underground parking, where the auditorium is located and a public plaza that occupies more than 50% of the lot. The museum hovers above the plaza.


2. Form - It comes from the study of a geometric form typically used in Pre-Columbian jade objects, especially necklaces: cylinders with an empty bi-conical interior space. This spatial configuration allows a visual continuum from everywhere in the museum. The museum is expressed as a light cylinder (we didn’t want a massive, “blind” and heavy looking building) with a prepatinated copper skin not seeking to imitate jade but to celebrate it as a natural material with an aging process that in copper protects it and eliminates maintenance. This cylinder is open to the city thru an exterior helicoid ramp that allows museum-goers to enjoy the urban panorama especially the one formed by Plaza of Democracy, the National Museum and the Congress. The ramp is then a mixture of protecting overhang…a buffer…a bioclimatic interface that protects the interior of the museum against the harsh poundings of the tropical climate.


3. Bioclimatic Architecture and Responsible Environmental Design – We made every effort to produce a preliminary parametric design in search of the first carbon neutral building in Costa Rica.

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