Our design for the restaurant at Inhotim, a contemporary art museum and botanic garden in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, was based on two main premises: First: the utilization of simple and low-cost building techniques, such as brise soleils that control the incidence of the sun; big openings and spans that allow for natural ventilation and lighting; green roof with openings, creating cross ventilation and increasing the environmental comfort in the interior space. And second: To envision a building that is discrete in its context and that benefits from the surrounding landscape. The trees in front of the main façade and the vertical rhythm of the designed brise soleils decrease the impact of the scale of the building in the landscape, so we kept the existing vegetation intact. The generous openings of the restaurant let the park, with its colors, textures, and shapes, permeate the interior, enriching the visitors' experience and creating a comfortable and distinct environment for the guest facilities of the museum and park. The 768m2 restaurant was built in only three months.

Maria Paz de Moura Castro,
Thomaz Regatos
Maria Paz de Moura Castro,
Thomaz Regatos

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