MUCIAM-Museo Cidreño Interactivo de Arte ModernoEdit profile
MUCIAM - Museo Cidreño Interactivo de Arte Moderno (Cidra’s Interactive Museum of Modern Art). This building will constitute the first phase of a mayor development to be constructed in 120 acres of lakeside property in the city of Cidra, Puerto Rico by the municipality government. This parcel of land is adjacent to an existing hotel, owned by the municipality, which will be renovated so as have the same “artistic` characteristics which will dominate the development. The “Recreational and Arts Educational Complex` will include besides the museum, an open Amphitheater with it’s stage set against the lake’s water to enable the offering of water activities; an educational center for the fine arts; a family park; a sculpture garden and a windmill promenade all connected by a boardwalk. The project’s parking will be located some distance away from the development from where the guests will be transported in electric trolleys and golf cart type vehicles so that the area adjacent to the lake will always remain, as much as posible, in it’s natural state. The design of the museum is totally contemporary and international in style which will contrast with the rustic and natural aspects of it’s surroundings. The form and details of the building were inspired in water, a theme very much discussed today world wide because of the feared scarcity of this precious liquid in the near future. The softness and the fluidity aspects of the water will be reflected in all the interior glass handrails of the building; in the round glass and steel elevators; in the smooth wavy contours of the roof lines; in the floor of the basement level of the building and it’s communication with the reflecting pond at the rear elevation where said floor will seem to “float` in the pond and the pond itself which will cascade to the lake in an “infinity` type fashion. The building will consist of approximately 65,000 square feet of construction with a height equivalent to a six (6) floor building in it’s highest level which will be the rear elevation overlooking the lake. The entrance elevation will have a maximum height of three (3) floors which will slowly slope to the rear until it reaches the maximum height utilizing the sloped terrain to benefit completely the overall design of the building. At the entrance, guests will de directed to the museum’s auditorium to the left side of said entrance which will accommodate 338 people. To the right, the museum’s executive offices and workshops will be located as well as the public rest rooms. Passing the receptionist, guests will enter a sky lighted long bridge-like gallery from where by looking down, they could see most of the five (5) floors of exhibition area beneath them in an atrium-like atmosphere. After passing this main gallery where mainly sculptures will be exhibited, and reaching it’s end, guests could either walk out to an open terrace overlooking the beautiful scenery of the lake where informal activities will take place or, start the path down the zig zagging ramp while they enjoy the temporary exhibitions displayed throughout the walls ringing the ramp. In various levels of the ramp, three (3) semi-enclosed galleries will be located where the permanent collection of the museum will be exhibited as well as small solo artist exhibitions. At the end of the ramp, guests will reach the first floor or basement level where the museum’s gift shop will be located as well as the museum’s storage area; as well as other restrooms and the elevators to ride up and exit the museum. At the rear of the building in this level will be located the museum’s two (2) level restaurant with it’s inclined glass façade overlooking the reflecting pond which cascades to the lake as well as an open terrace which will serve as an informal gathering place. The structure of the building will be composed of concrete footings and floors. Structural steel covered with stainless steel panels will constitute the walls and the smooth wavy roof. The roof will consist of 20 foot wide sections overlapping each other with 30 inch glass separators acting as sky lights which will enable natural light to flood the atrium-like space. All through the gallery spaces winding down the ramps will be placed glass handrails with a watery-like design which will reflect the water theme of the building. The polished concrete floor will also have a smooth wavy design. In keeping with the worldwide interest in the use of renewable energy sources for the generation of electricity, the museum will be totally self sufficient in it’s use of electricity. All the electricity required of the building will be generated by the following renewable energy sources: the wind by means of the windmill promenade which will present windmills in an artistic way resembling sculptures generating electricity; by cascades of water falling to the lake generating hydroelectricity and by photovoltaic cells capturing the energy of the tropical sun of Puerto Rico. This will eventually turn the museum into the first museum ever to be built completely self sufficiently energy wise in the Caribbean and possibly in the world. This project is now in the final preliminary design stage and will hopefully start construction at the end of the year 2010.