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Museum of Jade

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  • Museum of Jade is the result of a week and a half long competition in a group of two to create a proposal for the New Museum of Jade in San Jose, Costa Rica, a facility to house the largest collection of Pre-Columbian Jade artifacts in the world.

    The building consists of three stepped bars which are bent to respond to the geometries at work in the adjacent plaza. These bars are elevated and create a grand atrium and entrance space below. Articulations between bars provide an abundance of natural light to the atrium at the center of the building. Exhibition space is housed within the bars, and views of both the exterior plaza and the interior atrium are created.

    Museum of Jade also consists of an exterior stepped plaza, under which the storage and service spaces of the building are concealed. This plaza terminates at a tower which houses all the curatorial and administration offices of the facility.

    Independent Competition
    Spring 2012
    Collaborator: Mauricio Vieto