The majority of the MuBE has been pushed underground to maximise the public space above
1205 paulo mendes da rocha mube sketch drawing
Born out of a campaign by the wealthy residents of São Paulo’s Jardins district to prevent the construction of a new shopping mall, the majority of the MuBE was pushed underground to maximise the public space above. Wide steps in the large plaza lead down to the museum’s entrance, crossed by a monolithic concrete ‘table’ that hangs above the site. While the vast cave-like galleries sit below ground, pockets of space above feature gardens designed by Roberto Burle Marx peppered with sculptures.
1204 paulo mendes da rocha mube drawing
1201 paulo mendes da rocha mube architectural review
Source: Nelson Kon, courtesy of Personal archive of Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Lead image by Nelson Kon, courtesy of Personal archive of Paulo Mendes da Rocha
This case study is part of Retrospective: Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Read the full article here.