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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum in Lisbon, Portugal by LIKEarchitects

 
August 10th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LIKEarchitects 

The Temporary Andy Warhol Museum is a cultural space within a commercial space. It was designed to host the exhibition Andy Warhol  Icons | Psaier Artworks and the Factory’, which was opened between April 11 and July 11, in Colombo Shopping Mall, in Lisbon, and included a total of 32 original works by the American artist.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

  • Architects: LIKEarchitects
  • Project: The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photography: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
  • Client: Sonae Sierra
  • Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Laura Diaz
  • Production: SOTART
  • Curatorship: Maurizio Vanni
  • Principal Use: Museum
  • Dimensions: 15,5 m x 12,70 m x 3,30 m
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Area: 75m2

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The museological space avoids the idea of having neutral white exhibition spaces and relates to the exhibited artworks through the creation of a strong visual context that uses the artist’s imaginary. The museum recreates an environment that is both pop and industrial, through an unusual materiality resulting from the use of metal paint cans. The expository structure, set in the central plaza of the mall, features an abstract exterior that is extremely appealing and assumes an iconographic character with clear links to the Pop Art.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The interior was designed as an enclosed introspective space, entirely defined by continuous walls, benefiting from a transparent cover in plastic screen. This cover has the dual function of allowing light to enter from the exterior and assuring the visual relationship between the two confronting spaces (museum / shopping mall). This solution captures the curiosity of visitors, calling for a visit to all those wandering in the higher galleries of the commercial space.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

A fluid succession of four exhibition rooms, thematically organized, results in a new pathway that challenges the organic symmetry and rationality of the shopping mall main square. The two entrances to this small museum, one in each extremity, are located at strategic points in order to maximize the attention and flow of the people walking around its perimeter.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Like the Andy Warhol’s artwork the museum reflects the consumer society, but in a literal way, through the raw aluminum sheet of cylindrical cans. Other strands, which were patent in the work of Andy Warhol, were also fundamental in the creation of the architectural space – the repetition (silkscreened) or the idea of sublimating everyday objects, regardless of their original form or function, and transform them into tangible icons of the collective imaginary.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Used as a constructive element, the metallic paint can is the modular element which determines the metric of entire project, defining dimensions and drawing the voids – doors – that allow the entrance in the space.

The structural stability of the building was solved by filling the first three rows of cans with sand – foundations -, guaranteeing the stability of the walls and giving greater strength to the cans which are more accessible to the public.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Having received more than 100,000 visitors, the Temporary Andy Warhol Museum sought to contribute to the dissemination and promotion of art, free and accessible to all visitors.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

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