Museum of Image and Sound

Climbing the façade is a series of switch-backing ramps that allow access to the after-hours restaurant, piano bar, and rooftop movie theater. The ramps draw the streetscape up the front of the building, creating a vertical boulevard.

This building section shows the series of internal ramps that visitors will use to move around the building and access the split-level gallery spaces, the projection gallery, and the auditorium on the lower level. The museum sits above several levels of underground parking.

On the roof of the museum is an open-air movie theater with riser seating. This area is open to the public and can be used for events or as an extension of the museum’s exhibition space.

This progression of images shows the development of the system of exterior ramps that ascend from street level to the roof of the museum. The concept begins with a flat boulevard, like the adjacent Copacabana beach promenade, with its wavy paving pattern, designed by Roberto Burle Marx.

The boulevard begins to fold into a series of ramps.

The boulevard is subjected to multiple folds and divisions, creating both a vertically oriented system of circulation and dynamic new spaces in the voids between the ramps.

A central void in the building will be broken up by a series of ramps that take visitors to split-level galleries, specialized exhibition rooms, and the public entertainment venues.

Exhibition display strategies are still under development, but one of them is to suspend the objects, such as shoes and hats of iconic film figures, on clear shelving, making them seem to float in air.

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