The Botanical Shop at ‘Inhotim’ in Brazil by Rizoma Architects
Photos : © Leonardo Finotti
‘Inhotim’ is a unique fine art exhibition area in Brazil. The venue displays a wide range of works of art, many of which are in the open air, with the rest of the exhibits shown in temporary or permanent galleries. The whole exhibition space is set in a Botanical garden ‘of rare beauty’. Known globally for its fantastic contemporary art ‘Inhotim’ also attracts a lot of interest for its rare botanical collection. The Botanical Shop at ‘Inhotim’ came about by the numerous visitors’ avid interest in the specimen plants growing in the grounds. The decision to capitalize on this attention resulted in the construction of this simple example of minimalist contemporary retail architecture.
In keeping with the main characteristics of the site this building is actually largely open to the elements. However, it has a roof and two permanent walls to provide shelter from particularly adverse weather conditions; otherwise the minimalist contemporary retail architecture provides a stylish backdrop for a marvelous array of plants, delightful gardening furniture and other desirable objects and utensils.
The simple angular configuration of the three flat planes of the walls and roof give definition to the space and therefore, provide structure to the displays of plants and related products. The floor is of rough cut stones the organic quality of these is pleasing in contrast to the angular elements of the shop walls. The combination of warm colored natural stone pavers against the luscious array of plants is refreshing and uplifting.
The informal appeal of the minimalist contemporary retail architecture welcomes visitors into the shop. Garden furniture and plants are laid out casually, making the most of the natural garden setting. To avoid the random collection looking too cluttered, many of the larger plants are displayed in planters that are the same color and texture as the floor and walls of the stylish Botanical Shop. An additional tall metal and glass structure adds visual and material variety to the minimalist architecture and provides an alternative, light and airy display area.
By night the Botanical Shop is illuminated by a series of simple round lamps that stud the ceiling, so the beautiful interior also looks as magical by night as it does in the daytime.
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