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Malba – Costantini Foundation is a cultural space where temporary exhibitions (on many occasions together with other museums in the world, international collections and related foundations) and works of Argentinean and Latin American contemporary art . A place for meetings with writers, courses, seminars, literary conferences and book presentations.

The museum is the result of an international competition held as part of the Biennale Architettura/BA ‘97 for the construction of a new building to house Eduardo Costantini’s private collection of important works from various art movements in Latin America and Mexico. The first prize was awarded to the Argentinean studio AFT Arquitectos, chosen among more than 450 proposals from 35 countries.

The project includes a number of large rooms that can be divided up into various galleries to adapt to the changing conditions of a constantly expanding collection. Plenty of “white boxes” with openings placed in such a way as to control the entrance of natural light form an ideal setting for contemplating works of art. The alternation of exhibition and resting spaces and the various openings that provide views of the surrounding environment, both inside the museum and outside, give it its unique spirit. Light plays an important part in the overall design of the building: it is a fundamental element linking “the container and its contents”.

The lighting design was based on the integration between lighting and architecture. The works of art on display have been taken as absolute protagonists of the place, the direct lighting converges on the narrow range of lamps able to give back the maximum fidelity to the perception of the colours, whose emission spectrum is therefore continuous, with the possibility of total shielding of the highly harmful ultraviolet emission for the correct conservation of the works. The presence of natural light in all areas of the building is a constant factor. Long, narrow slots project light onto the walls while large skylights and small dormer windows let in daylight, controlled by a set of multiple “layers” which act both as filters and diffusers.


Project:
Lighting Design Piero Castiglioni

Collaborations:
Gaston Atelmann Architects
Martin Fourcade Architects
Alfredo Tapia Architects

Photo Courtesy:
Sergio Magnano

Year:
2001


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Detail of the lighting system used
View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
Outdoor spaces with architectural lighting
A night view of the illuminated building
View of the rooms and the exhibition path
Deputies with the lighting used
View of the complex with night lighting
The stage of the Teatro Comunale of Florence
The works of art inside the illuminated Papal Stables
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci with the lighting used
Full view of the illuminated theater
Full view of the Cultural Center building
One of the rooms with the works on display and the lighting fixtures
Overall view of the Banca Lombarda building in Brescia
Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
Front view of the Lingotto building in Turin
Front view of the main entrance facade
View from the outside of the building and the facades
Front view of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Overall view of the concert hall
The illuminated hall of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Exterior view of the museum building
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
The lighting fixtures installed on the ceiling
Viktor & Rolf Showroom inside the showroom
Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
The illuminated waiting canopies
Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Front view of the windows of the picture gallery
Il Porto Antico di Genova in una vista notturna
Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The night lighting of the Sanctuary
Night view of the Italcementi Research Center
Night view of Porta Nuova Garibaldi Repubblica complex
St. Petersburg Spasa na Krovi outdoor lighting - master
Venice Grassi Palace outdoor night view- master
Museo d'Orsay Paris frontal view - master
Detail of the lighting system used
View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
Outdoor spaces with architectural lighting
A night view of the illuminated building
View of the rooms and the exhibition path
Deputies with the lighting used
View of the complex with night lighting
The stage of the Teatro Comunale of Florence
The works of art inside the illuminated Papal Stables
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci with the lighting used
Full view of the illuminated theater
Full view of the Cultural Center building
One of the rooms with the works on display and the lighting fixtures
Overall view of the Banca Lombarda building in Brescia
Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
Front view of the Lingotto building in Turin
Front view of the main entrance facade
View from the outside of the building and the facades
Front view of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Overall view of the concert hall
The illuminated hall of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Exterior view of the museum building
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
The lighting fixtures installed on the ceiling
Viktor & Rolf Showroom inside the showroom
Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
The illuminated waiting canopies
Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Front view of the windows of the picture gallery
Il Porto Antico di Genova in una vista notturna
Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The night lighting of the Sanctuary
Night view of the Italcementi Research Center
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