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.
Mine Museum and Archive’s Café in Belo Horizonte, Brazil by MACh Arquitetos
January 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: MACh Arquitetos
MACh’s design field is very broad, and covers residential, institutional, sports and urban projects, besides interventions in the cultural heritage. Culture has been, in recent years, the area that meets the most numerous accomplishments of the office such as exhibition design, scenery, museums and galleries, artistic groups’ headquarters and cultural institutions projects.
We consider complexity and variation as the most challenging and delightful resource of our work. Working with different people, and for different people; dealing with changing subjects, in distinct places; adapting materials, tools and techniques; understanding traditions, behaviors and identifying expectations for the future. We believe that all this richness of possibilities can originate a profusion of forms that should reveal much more the users than the authors.
The founding members of MACh, Fernando Maculan and Mariza Machado Coelho, share complementary professional experiences, views and commitments, making the office a powerful result of a fusion of identities.
Fernando Maculan is an architect graduated in 1997 from the School of Architecture at UFMG. His professional career began with AUA, as founding partner (1998-2003). He worked in Hayano Gumi architecture office in Tokyo (2004-2005) and was director of the project Designing Across Boundaries in London, with the designers Paula Dib and Renata Mendes (2007-2008).
He is a founding partner of Molmaculan Design with Adriano Mol (since 2003), a member of the Piracema Design Lab (since 2006), collaborator of the Grupo Corpo Dance Company (since 2008), and associate architect of BCMF Architects (since 2011). He is co-founder and co-editor of the Architecture and Urbanism Magazine – MDC (2005-2008) and curator of the Coarquitetura project, which includes the works of his students from EAUFMG (2010). Maculan received awards in Brazil, Belgium and China, and had exposed projects in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, South Korea and Japan.
Mariza Machado Coelho, architect graduated from the School of Architecture at UFMG, founded A&M architecture office with architect Álvaro Hardy in 1990. Her projects in Belo Horizonte include urban interventions such as Pampulha’s lake edge revitalization and Pampulha Ecological Park; Carijós Street, Rio Branco and Carlos Chagas squares; interventions in institutional buildings such as the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais, the Casa do Baile at Pampulha (in partnership with the architect Oscar Niemeyer) and the Palace of Arts; museums as Abilio Barreto Historical Museum; institutional buildings such as the Memorial of Japanese Immigration, in Pampulha. Publications of her work include the magazines Módulo, AU-Architecture and Urbanism, L’Architecture D’aujourd hui, Summa and books like Architectures in Brazil in the 80’s and Architects from Brazil – 1995. In 2005 joined the architect Fernando Maculan and founded the MACh Architects.
The building designed to house a new café for the Museum and the Public Archives of Minas Gerais starts with the judicious use of the free space between the two buildings which are important architectural examples built by the Building Committee of the new capital at the end of the 19th century. The complex’s initial purpose was to house the Senate and the Finance Minister’s residence.
With the intention of preserving the free area between the two buildings, the café is partially underground. The concrete slab over the new space configure a grassy square that best integrates existing buildings both visually and functionally, providing better mutual access and flows between the floors leveled by this re-designing of the public space.
A new concrete block, with the function of vertical circulation and access to the superintendent of Museums building, complete the harmonious architectural composition around the square.
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