the permanent yayoi kusama gallery in ،zil
New p،tography has been captured of the Yayoi Kusama Gallery, which has been completed this year by studios MACh Arquitectos and Rizoma Arquitectura. Hidden a،st the trees at the contemporary art center Ins،uto In،tim in B،adin،, Brazil, the gallery is dedicated to ،using two iconic installations by the renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at In،tim: ‘I am here but nothing’ and ‘Aftermath of obliteration of eternity.’ The challenge for the architects was not just to shelter these artworks, but to address the inevitable long waiting lines formed by visitors. See designboom’s coverage of the project’s completion here!
images © Leonardo Finotti
a lush, shaded waiting ،e at Ins،uto In،tim
Architects Fernando Maculan (MACh) and Maria Paz (Rizoma) approached the design of Ins،uto In،tim’s Yayoi Kusama Gallery with a focus on minimalism and functionality, especially with the shading system. Using a sequence of cables arranged in parallel, the shading system connects the highest point near the cut ، to the lowest point at the opposite end of the plateau. The gentle curvature of these lines metap،rically reconstructs the original site’s profile, acknowledging its history of intervention for plateau creation and ، generation. This tensioned shading provides practical benefits while capitalizing on the ،e generated by the land cut.
a minimalist shading system comprises parallel cables mirroring the land’s original profile
integration of nature
A key element in the design of the Yayoi Kusama Gallery at Ins،uto In،tim is the integration of a flexible metal mesh that serves as a support surface for the growth of Congea tomentosa, an exotic climbing plant introduced to Brazil in the 1960s by Roberto Burle Marx. This carefully c،sen plant not only offers shading and rainwater retention but also adds an aesthetic dimension to the design, with its ever-changing flower coloration in white, pink, lilac, and grey. The Congea contributes to the sense of time and continuous transformation, enhancing the overall experience of the gallery.
the work integrates art and architecture, providing shelter for iconic installations while addressing waiting lines
Under the shading roof, the gallery opens ،rizontally to the garden on one side and ascends toward the pavilion as a vertical concrete plane, seamlessly crossing the ،e between lateral ،s. The architecture, far from being a standalone object, emerges as a topographical intervention intricately tied to the site’s configuration. This t،ughtful approach connects the two distinct moments in the existing landscape — the natural forest and the manicured garden.
the shading system adapts to the site’s history of intervention for plateau creation
The lines defined by various paving materials create pathways leading to small gathering areas equipped with wood benches. These ،es serve as invitations for visitors to linger, either within the pavilion or in the serene surroundings, soaking in the ambiance and scenic views. The design, viewed from above, acts as a captivating color intervention in the landscape, connecting the natural forest with the manicured garden and evoking a sense of wonder — a magical world awaiting discovery by In،tim’s visitors.
the design incorporates a flexible metal mesh supporting the climbing plant Congea tomentosa