Inaugurated in 1977, the Centre Pompidou in Paris has quickly established itself as one of the most cutting edge contemporary art institutions in France. Now its acquisitions department has just made official the addition of models and drawings relating to two architectural projects by Triptyque. “Inhotim” and “Columbia 325” are a testament to Brazilian artisanal traditions associated with innovation, and embody the unified relationship that links art, the built environment and nature.
“Columbia 325” was delivered in São Paulo in 2007. The building is unique for its curved façade, and its sinusoidal form is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional sunscreens that are so dear to the history of Brazilian architecture. Triptyque architects have used both 3D modeling techniques and ancestral manufacturing techniques to design and fabricate the cedar-wood slats. Their manufacture was then entrusted to artisans in southern Brazil, where the wood is still cut, polished, processed and bent traditionally. This project will be represented in the Pompidou Centre collection through drawings and two models, one made of wood and other cardboard.
If “Columbia 325” is strictly urban, then "Inhotim" is anything but. “Inhotim” is a design that has been planned for the Inhotim Cultural Institute, which is located in the heart of the Mata Atlântica jungle in Brazil. Designed by Burle Marx, “Inhotim” boasts twenty pavilions and a collection of over 700 works and installations. Marx references the symbiotic connection between nature and art through this design, which is made of stone, wood and board, and is distinctive for its omission of doors or air conditioning.
Centre Pompidou – Place Georges-Pompidou – Paris 4e
Images courtesy of Triptyque.