the mali is a private, non-profit cultural organization devoted to the promotion of the visual arts in peru. with over seventeen thousand works, it houses the only representative survey collection of peruvian art in the country.
the museum recently renovated its permanent galleries, housed on the second floor of the historic exposition palace, where a selection of works from the permanent collection is exhibited. these galleries survey almost 3,000 years of history, from pre-columbian textiles and pottery to mid-twentieth century painting. however, the museum’s contemporary art collection, numbering over a thousand works, is still largely kept in storage, making the design of a new wing all the more pressing.
the project site is located within lima’s exposition park, next to the exposition palace, at the corner of paseo colón and av. garcilaso de la vega, two heavily trafficked avenues at the entrance of the city’s historic center.
the new wing will be largely built below-grade, totaling approximately 6,000 m2. a quick area calculation shows that the building may fit in three floors [see the competition brief for a detailed description of the new wing’s program requirements]. a plaza, providing access to the new wing, the exposition palace, and the metro station, will also be part of the project’s scope.
additionally, a landscape proposal should consider how the plaza relates to the rest of the park, as well as to the park immediately north of paseo colón. it should aim to improve pedestrian movement and recreation, providing more shaded green areas. in short, what the mali is requesting—besides a design proposal for its new wing—is a long-term vision of the exposition park that might be shared with the city of lima in anticipation of the country’s bicentennial celebration in 2021.