The interior was designed as an enclosed introspective space, entirely defined by continuous walls, benefiting from a transparent cover in plastic screen. This cover has the dual function of allowing light to enter from the exterior and assuring the visual relationship between the two confronting spaces (museum / shopping mall). This solution captures the curiosity of visitors, calling for a visit to all those wandering in the higher galleries of the commercial space.
A fluid succession of four exhibition rooms, thematically organized, results in a new pathway that challenges the organic symmetry and rationality of the shopping mall main square. The two entrances to this small museum, one in each extremity, are located at strategic points in order to maximize the attention and flow of the people walking around its perimeter.
Like the Andy Warhol’s artwork the museum reflects the consumer society, but in a literal way, through the raw aluminum sheet of cylindrical cans. Other strands, which were patent in the work of Andy Warhol, were also fundamental in the creation of the architectural space - the repetition (silkscreened) or the idea of sublimating everyday objects, regardless of their original form or function, and transform them into tangible icons of the collective imaginary.
Used as a constructive element, the metallic paint can is the modular element which determines the metric of entire project, defining dimensions and drawing the voids - doors - that allow the entrance in the space.
The structural stability of the building was solved by filling the first three rows of cans with sand - foundations -, guaranteeing the stability of the walls and giving greater strength to the cans which are more accessible to the public.
Having received more than 100,000 visitors, the Temporary Andy Warhol Museum sought to contribute to the dissemination and promotion of art, free and accessible to all visitors.
The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum
Centro Colombo, Lisbon, Portugal
Architects: LIKE Architects
Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Laura Diaz
Curatorship: Maurizio Vanni
Client: Sonae Sierra
Principal Use: Museum
Area: 75 sqm
Dimensions: 15,5 m x 12,70 m x 3,30 m
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra