Visit: Museu Brasileiro de Escultura

Brazilian Concrete

The Museu Brasileiro de Escultura MuBE was designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha in 1995. The appearance of the building would suggest that it is Brutalist, however, due to being a building from the 90s, it is arguably not. By the end of the research I will have formed an answer to reason whether it is Brutalist or not…

The large spanning concrete mass defines the public space and is a marker of the buildings presence. The monumental form is supported by concrete blocks on either end, however, at the junction the concrete blocks leave a gap to reveal smaller columns which support the structure. The structural honesty demonstrates how the weight of the concrete mass is carried to the ground as well as expressing the concrete mass as its own form, distinguishing it from the columns at either end.

MuBE is as much a public space as it is…

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