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Contest opens for Lima Art Museum expansion

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The Lima Art Museum (MALI) has launched an open design competition for its new £10.4 million contemporary art wing

Backed by the Peruvian capital’s municipal government – the contest seeks anonymous proposals for a submerged 6,000m² extension to the prestigious museum.

Located inside Lima’s Exposition Palace (pictured), MALI documents around 3,000 years of Peruvian history ranging from pre-Columbian textiles and pottery to mid-twentieth century painting.

The new extension will host items from the gallery’s large contemporary art collection which is currently kept in storage due to space limitations.

According to the brief: ‘Our goal is to establish the MALI as a new civic and cultural platform in the city, as well as a referent for future competitions regarding the design of public spaces in Lima.’

The palace was the centrepiece of the 1872 Lima International Exhibition which celebrated 50 years of Peruvian independence. Today it is one of several high-profile cultural institutions which occupy the site now known as the Park of the Exposition.

The three-storey submerged extension will be constructed west of the palace on the site of an existing small amphitheatre and various kiosks. The new wing will feature a library, gallery spaces, classrooms, workshops and a café.

A surface level plaza, a connection to a planned future metro station, and a landscape proposal for the entire park will also be required. Designs should be flexible enough to incorporate a planned future station at a key transport junction nearby which is still in the design stage and due to start on site in 2018.

The brief continued: ‘Entries should also include the MALI’s current entrance lobby, cafeteria, library and shop as part of the extended site. This is to ensure that the proposals consider how the new wing might relate to the museum’s entrance sequence.’

Judges include Tate Modern director Chris Dercon, MALI president Juan Carlos Verme, and author and Pritzker Prize juror Kristin Feireiss.

Three finalists will receive around £7,000 each to develop more detailed designs ahead of a presentation to the jury. The winner – set to be announced on 11 July – will receive a fee worth around eight per cent of the construction costs.

The registration deadline has been extended to 3 June and applications must be completed by 11pm local time on 30 June.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: concurso@mali.pe

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