Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art
Pedro Bartolome (Engineer)
Larraín Echenique Family Foundation
The objectives of the intervention were to maintain and integrate the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art more effectively and fully into its urban environment, improving the standards of preservation and the exhibitions of the collections.
The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, located in downtown Santiago. This building was constructed in 1805 as a Royal Customs. And opened its doors to the public in 1981 as a Museum. The new 'Chile before Chile' room is a unique opportunity to consolidate the institutional building and rework the spatial imaginarium of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, neatly characterizing each of its various areas, one by one.
The newly built showroom, located on level -1, is a large 450 square meter space by black reinforced-concrete. And also the charm of the colonial courtyard is restored; the north patio is covered by PTFE membrane, allowing for year-round use by citizens, and the southern patio features a gravel floor.