London may have the Ministry of Sound, but Rio De Janeiro is about to get the Museum of Image and Sound, a building that does exactly what it says on the tin.
Following an international competition that saw six other architects enter including most notably Daniel Libeskind, the winning design comes from Diller Scofidio + Renfro who conceived the structure as a stacked promenade, the sort of thing that has made the Copacabana, the neighbour where the building will be located, so famous around the world.
The building will replace the current nightclub, Help! This isn't a venue playing Beatles songs but rather a venue infamous for ladies of the night plying their trade one of which may even be called Lola, and offering up the seedier side of Brazil to tourists.
Within, the building will consist of two permanent galleries, a temporary one, projection space and on the top level a restaurant. Underground will amongst other things an auditorium and stage for live shows.
The high-tech design of the building features a zigzag running up its front and overlooking the nearby beach that is a winding pathway to the top and a large public rooftop garden. A similar internal circulation route exists within the building with the centerpiece being a large glass atrium in the middle of it.
Recessed behind the walkway and building frame is the fenestration. Although the building does have some floor to ceiling glazing, much of the seawards wall of the building will be a punched grille with thousands of tiny holes offering partial transparency to those inside looking out. At night, with internal lighting, the effect should create an effervescent glow.
Already the project has been moving forward. With Help! Now under demolition, groundwork for the new museum is expected to start sooner than later. Completion is scheduled for 2011.