Ibere Camargo Museum Alvaro Siza Vieira

The Iberê Camargo Foundation, a museum in Porto Alegre designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, features nine galleries stacked in a vertical volume from which undulating passages in white concrete cantilever to connect the building’s different public levels. The building’s form reveals a multiplicity of international influences. Though the inner space evokes Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the white, cast concrete establishes an important cultural dialogue with the work of Brazilian architectural masters, including Oscar Niemeyer and Lina Bo Bardi. In this sense, the building signals Siza Vieira’s capacity to articulate architecture’s cultural memories from north and south alike, while simultaneously maintaining a commitment to innovation in spatial features as well as an architectural program.