Gonchi Rodríguez Museum
Carrasco, Montevideo, Uruguay

A sensitive dialog: A multi-scale heritage challenge. Proposal for the Gonchi Rodríguez Museum competition.

A multi-scale heritage challenge.

The Competition for the Gonchi Rodríguez Museum proposes the project of a stimulating program that is unusual for the Uruguayan environment, and a theme, just as unusual, that is part of the collective and emotional memory of the country: the life of the racing driver Gonchi Rodríguez.
In addition, the competition proposes a new complex with existing architectures of singular character and heritage quality, which means imagining a project typical of our time but that builds intelligent bridges with legacies from other times.
Giving a forceful, simple and sensitive project response to the environment calls for the search for dialogues that address the heritage from multiple complementary scales and that mediate to achieve careful operations – but without ceasing to be propositional and contemporary.

The landscape heritage scale.

Addressing the project’s locative challenge from a relational “tajamarismo” entails operating through a geometric gesture, concrete but powerful, of a new topographic artificiality.
The circle as a project element, the result of this action, houses a new / old landscape that respects the existing (by not wanting to expand), but without seeking to imitate it. This “tajamarismo” is linked more to the historical and ecological memory of the place than to what we see today.
In turn, the circle will be the new articulator of a park that seeks to reconnect with itself to recover its public condition and its public role.

Scale of the architectural heritage.

The new construction of the Gonchi Rodríguez Museum will never be a lonely building. Its genesis will be relational, the result of an environment full of meanings and conditioning factors, such as its historic sister building designed by Antonio Scasso eight decades ago.
Having strong – but not evident – ties between both architectures, the structures converse through the arrangement of their technological solutions in wood and steel.
As systems of assembled parts, they are designed to cover the park spaces and provide efficient support to the collective events that will take place there.

The cultural / emotional heritage scale.

The programs required to run the space dedicated to sharing Gonchi’s life will be present, but its limits will be blurred. The ground floor of the new building will be an open extension, integrated into the park and focused on the experiences of the visitors, in which the events that take place will be the main feature.
In turn, the area of ​​the Museum of Road Mobility will function as a hanging room, independent and darkened, buildable in the second stage, designed to house state-of-the-art technological facilities and make those who walk through it feel an immersive educational experience that generates lasting memories.

Partners: Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado.
Project Team: Pablo Courreges, Diego Morera, Victoria Muniz, Emiliano Lago, Sebastián Lambert, Martina Pedreira, Fabián Sarubbi, Alejandro Cuadro, Emilia Dehl, Flavio Faggion, João Bernardi, Débora Boniatti, Juliana Colombo, Lucas Marques, Helena Utzig, Amanda Cappelatti, Pedro Reichelt, Cecilia Leonardelli.

Estudio Bulla (Landscape Architecture)
Vulk (Images)