Copacabana Steps Into The Future With A New Museum


Avenida Atlântica in Copacabana is about to get a much deserved makeover with the new MIS (or Museum Of Image And Sound), a R$57 million project currently in development on the site once occupied by famous nightclub Help. Seven design firms, four Brazilian and three international, have presented their plans for the museum this week. Brazilian architects Bernardes & Jacobsen, Brasil Arquitetura, Isay Weinfeld, and Tacoa Arquitetos, are competing for the project against the likes of Daniel Libeskind, Shigeru Ban, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, of the recently opened High Line in New York.

View renderings of the projects for the new MIS in Copacabana after the jump.







From top to bottom, projects by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Daniel Libeskind, Brasil Arquitetura, Bernardes & Jacobsen, Shigeru Ban, Tacoa Arquitetos, and Isay Weinfeld. Which one is your favorite?

(Image Source: O Globo Online)



It would have been nice to include labels for which firm belongs to each proposal. As for a favorite, I am drawn to the first and last images. Also the diagrid bubble structure with the white colonnade base is particularly intriguing. It reminds me of the Seattle public library by Rem Koolhaas. The two cubes, and the second image where it seems Miami vomited through a hangover are quite atrocious.

Bad Idea. Help is one of the great wonders of the world. Put the Museum downtown, or in Ipanema.

Are these rendering for real? I hate to be a negative Nancy, but they look way out of place with its environment. It looks like something that dropped out of the sky willie neillie with no regard to how it fits stylistically or its scale to the buildings around it. How about something that has some sort of architectural interplay to its neighbors? For example the excellent International Style and/or the Art Deco buildings that line Copacabana's Avenida Atlântica?

And i admit that I know nothing about building costs in Rio, but doesn't R$57 million seem a bit low for an ENTIRE museum?

Especially when you consider that there are single family homes in Barra that go for R$9 million+?

Or a single Copacabana penthouse that just sold for R$7 million:

Just wondering???

The second cartoonish drawing is by Libeskind. One can only assume he's gone senile.

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