[BUENOS AIRES] New Contemporary Art Museum

Project ///

A Contemporary Art Museum is a building or space for the exhibition of art, usually visual art. Paintings and scupltures are the most commonly displayed art objects; however, drawings, collages, prints, photographs and installation art including other artistic activities, such as performance art, land'art, web art to name a few are also regularly shown.

Contemporary art can broadly be defined as art produced at this point in time (now) or after World War II.

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata. It has a population of approximately 13 million (thirteen million), which makes it one of the biggest cities in South America - a cosmopolitan metropolis, known for its rich cultural life and is considered the capital of the tango.

Being an important economic center, its architecture is a combination of different styles which gives it a unique architectural beauty.

The aim of this International Competition is to design a New Contemporary Art Museum in the Heart of Buenos Aires. The architecture of this new building should reflect contemporary design tendencies.

The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and its impact. This Competition hopes to achieve the following:
_Encourage and reward design excellence which integrates function and structure within the art world.
_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original Contemporary Art Museum.
_To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the functionality of an art exibition space.
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

This is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Contemporary Art Museum to be built. 

Media Sponsors ///


Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced - 01st March 2012

_Start of Competition and Early Bird registration - 15th March to 01st May 2012

_Late Competition Registration - 02nd May to 30th June 2012

_Deadline for Questions  - 15th June 2012

_Closing Date for Submissions  - 05th July 2012

_Jury Evaluation - 10th July - 17th July 2012

_Announcement of Winners and posted on www.ac-ca.org - 20th July 2012


Jury ///

_Adeline Piel  – Architect / Fashion Designer (French)

_Constantinos Bouras – Architect  / Urbanist / Lecturer (Greek)

_Santiago Frías – Architect / Lecturer (Argentinian)


Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,400 with the distribution as follows:




There will also be 7 honorable mentions


1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

• La Vie Art Magazine (Japan)

• 100 Editiones Architecture Magazine (Argentina)

• wettbewerbe-aktuell Magazine (Germany)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)

• Blueprint Architecture Magazine (Uk)

• Monitor International Magazine (Germany, France, Russia)

• Future Arquitecturas Architecture Magazine (USA & China)

• Architecture+Design Magazine (India)



FAQ ///

Can we build in the basement (below ground level) as we understanding that the existing site has an underground parking facility? Can we use this parking or do we have to provide extra parking area on our project?
No, constructions below ground level (basement) are not aloud. Designs do not need to include a parking lot. However, you can provide a taxi drop and pick up by the Museum' entrance which can also be used by disabled visitors.

Are there any requirements on alignments and gradients or we can adjust the boundaries of the site?
You should design within the boundaries mentioned on the cad file.

Can an exhibition hall have different heights or does it have to be on the same level as the plan?
Yes, the exhibition hall may have height variation within your design.

Are there any height restrictions?
No, there are no height restrictions.

Do we have to respect distance from the other buildings?
Yes. The distance has to be maintained as showed on the cad drawing provided.

What does the phrase "Access must meet the disabled access standards" mean? what exactly is this refering to?  Does the bridge have to be wheelchair accessible?
Yes, it is a requirement for most new public spaces to have disable or wheelchair access.

Is it possible to divide a particular gallery space into two sub-parts? Example, an exhibition space of 1500 m2 being divided into two sub-spaces of 700m2 and 800m2.
It's highly recommended to have the requested surface on the same level.

Would you please confirm the heights of the adjacent buildings to the north and south of the competition area?
The total average height of the buildings is 16 meters. 13 meters (the first 4 floors) plus 3 meters from the last floor away from the building line.

Regarding the open-air exhibition space, must all galleries be open-air exhibition or is it just one gallery space to be designated for open-air exhibitions?
Only one (1) open-air exhibition space is to be provided and it should be outside the building in areas such as the building entrance, balcony, roof terrace, etc.

Are any of the galleries private or is it dependent on our design?
All galleries are to be public accessible to paying visitors.

Are the specified 3 restrooms in the brief required on each level or is it 3 restrooms in total for the entire Museum?
It is a total of three (3) restrooms for the entire building as mentioned in the competition brief.

I'd like to know the function of the buildings around the site?
Majority of the buildings around the site are offices and luxury flats.

Is it possible to have another access control [small] elsewhere in the project, besides the entrance hall?
Yes, as part of your own design. However, we don't think you need too.

Can there be a relationship between the building and the water Or can there be a connection of the site with an access tunnel?
Yes, this can be incorporated into your design. As mentioned on the Brief: 

"we are interested in motivating architects to provide their own point of view or vision, which very often may lead to the pushing of the boundaries and rules defined by the Competition. In other words, entrants are free to explore how far they can push the rules and guidelines set for Competition without breaking them, to avoid being disqualified."

Can the open air exhibition space be accessible to the general public free of charge or is it only to paying visitors?
It is your choice depending on your design.

Do we need to consider pre-existing field such as slopes that appear on Google Earth when designing access to any basement level.
It is safe to assume the site is blank (without any ramps). However, as mentioned above, "Constructions below ground level (basement) are not allowed."

Is there a minimum height for the storage room?
A recommendation of a height equivalent to that of galleries 02 and 03, which is 6.00m

Is there a  minimum or specific dimensions required for the freight elevator?
The size for the freight elevator should be at least 1900 x 2450mm.  

Can the proposal have a moderate overhang beyond the property line if all program elements on ground level are within the specified limit, provided such overhang does not impact adjacent buildings?
Yes, this is possible.