Costantini Museum

Costantini Museum

Costantini Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina
OCEAN UK: Tom Verebes, Michael Hensel, Eva Castro, Toni Kauppila, Vike Koskelo
Arup BG2: Bob Lang
Role: Creative Director, Designer, Text
International Design Competition
Client: Museo Costantini
48, 420 sq. ft.
# submissions: 400+ entries from worldwide
Winners: 1st Prize (Gaston Atelman, Alfredo Tapia, Martin Fourcade, Argentina); 2nd Prize (Gerardo Caballero, Argentina); 3rd Prize (Jean-Pierre Dürig, Philippe Rämi, Switzerland)
Position: N/A;
Jury: Sir Norman Foster, Terence Riley, Cesar Pelli, Mario Botta, Kenneth Frampton, Sara Topelson de Grinberg, Joseph Kleihues, Enric Miralles, Bernardo Dujovne, Jose Ignacio Miguens


  • Archilab 2000, Orléans, France, 2000
  • The Kunst Aanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September, 1999
  • Twenty Young Architects, 8th World Triennial of Architecture, Sofia, Bulgaria, June, 1997
  • OCEAN Net: Urban Surfaces 97, Henie-Onstad Art Centre, Oslo, Norway, December, 1997-January 1998


• Hensel, M., Verebes, T. (1999). Urbanisations. London: Blackdog Publications.


The site is structured in a laminar organisation, evolving the building sectionally along inter-connected ramps which rise from the proposed site topographies. The mass of the museum hovers above a tectonic public ground that undulates continuously towards the museum, extending the institutional zone of the museum into the landscape. The interior distributes 4000 m2 of surface area for exhibition spaces for twentieth century art, and ancillary curatorial and public programs.  The permanent and temporary exhibition spaces are organised along two interconnected movement loops in sectional space.  The permanent and temporary loops are cross-connected, enabling multiple possible routes throughout exhibition spaces and auditoria, germinating the potential unfolding of new curatorial strategies.


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May 12, 2014