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Museum of Image and Sound

Interview med Ben Gilmartin og Chris Andreacola, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Producer: Hans Kiib



MUSEUM OF IMAGE AND SOUND  –  A New Urban Narrative

The Museum of Image and Sound is under construction on Avenida Atlântica, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The building is a hybrid cultural project and consists of a museum, performance facilities, and a free urban space with public access.

The architecture is inspired by the beach, which is the most public and democratic space in the neighborhood. Here rich and poor meet to play, relax, celebrate carnival, and protest. The architectural strategy is to fold Roberto Burle Marx’s black and white patterned pavements in a flowing movement up onto the façade towards the open public space on the building’s roof.

“A major feature of Copacabana Beach is the very famous promenade by Roberto Burle Marx with its black and white interwoven pavement pattern – a symbolic mixing of everybody together in one way. For us, the concept was to take that public pathway by Burle Marx and to turn it all the way up the building – so there could be a public way from the street to the roof- that accessed all of the spaces of the museum from the outside to the inside – and created a constant dialogue between an interpreted content of the culture of Rio as a distinctive place and the outside city as a site itself: The content of the museum and the city as an artefact in itself should constantly be in dialogue with each other” (Gilmartin, interview May, 2014).


The building’s aesthetics are those of movement, which characterize the visual expression of the building seen from outside and the bodily experience of the building within.

The concrete façade appears in bands of inclined, sometimes steep, ascents. The bands unfold in rolling curves, similar to the surfers’ zigzag movements on the large Atlantic Ocean waves, gradually increasing in size before they finally break and flatten. Three concepts fuse the project: folding of programs, transparency, and cinematics. With the Museum of Image and Sound, Diller Scofidio + Renfro truly emphasize their ability to create new architectural concepts, which in this case borders on the iconic.



Museum of Image and Sound, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Size: 10,000 m2

Contains: Exhibition halls, workshop areas, area for film showings, educational facilities, café, and public spaces

Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York: Architect Ben Gilmartin

Client: Museum of Image and Sound Foundation and the City of Rio de Janeiro

Inauguration: Completion expected in 2016


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