Museography habitable architectural furniture

Museography habitable architectural furniture

The Habitable Furniture Museography functions as an architectural exhibition platform that, like a habitable island, occupies the room with the construction of a museographic/architectural piece of furniture. Apart from being a support for exhibiting artworks, it also invites visitors to inhabit the museography by climbing onto it or entering its spaces. This typology also serves to spatially subdivide the room, not with walls, but with a habitable exhibition block. Throughout the furniture, different functions can be assigned to distribute, organize, and generate various dynamics around it, each having its own formal dynamics and engaging in different conversations with the surrounding walls of the space.

Continuous vitrine museography

Continuous vitrine museography

Pedestal Base Museography

Pedestal Base Museography

This museographic typology refers to projects that can be resolved by designing a large pedestal base that collectively displays them. These bases can be composed of multiple levels and designed heights that help to exhibit each piece in the best way possible. This typology functions more as a solid volume from which other volumes are subtracted and added to elevate, group, or prioritize exhibition pieces. Generally have been used to display sculptural objects, but we have slightly modified this device to also exhibit paintings, drawings, and other media. We have created pedestal bases that incorporate glass showcases, timelines, and even easels within their volumetry, enabling the exhibition of all types of artwork.

Central Table Museography

Central Table Museography

Network tables Museographies

Network tables Museographies

They are museographies outside the wall that take place on tables and islands as habitable platforms and information topographies.

Visual Graphic Museography

Visual Graphic Museography

Vertical Wall Museografy

Vertical Wall Museografy

Common Knowledge Museography

Common Knowledge Museography

Common trades and anthropology of knowledge

Loitering Performative Museography

Loitering Performative Museography

Mobile devices to active phenomena

Furniture: Mobile, movable, traveling, moving. Contrary to a property or real state, a building is immovable, it does not move – it is a property. The city is built of real buildings but also of tables, chairs, bookcases, movable flower pots, which furnish the interiors of houses and buildings, as well as the exteriors of streets, squares and sidewalks of our Latin American cities, turning the streets into temporary kitchens, shops, dance halls or open-air markets. They micro-construct the city every day in the morning and de-construct it every night using elements that can move, furniture.

Museography of Being

Museography of Being

Contemporary museums, similar to commercial spaces, follow a consumption pattern—of art—that requires bodies to be constantly in motion, not at rest or relaxation, but in continuous consumption. This museography for being invites the museum visitor’s body to rest, reflect, and have an experience that is not only retinal and optical in the exhibition of art. The museum seems to cater only to the visitor's eye as if it had no body. These "living optical instruments" through which we see are within a body that tires from being paraded around, becomes distracted, bored, or irritated; it is not just a disembodied gaze floating through the exhibition halls from one space to another, from one artwork to another. This is why the museum must also provide moments of rest and seating for different bodies. This is what the museography for being explores, with the design of diverse seating systems that aim to offer various ways of being, reclining, resting, and perhaps observing the exhibition from another place and in another physical state of mind.

Vitrine Museography

Vitrine Museography

Modular assembly museography

Modular assembly museography

Museographies to reuse or just use and throw away?

Hanging Museography

Hanging Museography

Sound habitat museography.

Sound habitat museography.

Museography as sculpture

Museography as sculpture

Mechanic Museographies to interact

Mechanic Museographies to interact

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Building Scale Museography

Building Scale Museography

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Kyong Park / The New Silk Roads

2009 /

Network tables Museographies /

MUSAC (Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla and León - Spain)

This first show features the ambitious, ongoing-urban-research project of the urbanist, theorist, and activist Kyong Park, that he carried out through different journeys along the complex route between Istanbul and Tokyo. With this exhibition, and the monographic publication accompanying it, MUSAC showcases and examines the complex conditions and relations shaping the cultural, social, and political territories throughout the Asian continent, Eurasia, and the Middle East.

The design is based on modular tables, vertical panels, and video beds that function as exhibition surfaces for the archival information and documents in the exhibition. The standard modular tables follow and replicate the same angles, or Angular code (DNA), of the wall of the Musac, giving the opportunity to create different configurations that always follow the genes of the host building.

All images from musac.es

Germen Estudio is a museum exhibition design firm specializing in creating a wide variety of exhibitions, ranging from modern and contemporary art exhibitions to anthropology, material culture, and archival displays, as well as historical exhibitions exploring economic processes or community narratives.

With over 10 years of experience, we have worked for numerous public and private museums in Mexico and abroad, offering expertise in the following areas:

- Comprehensive exhibition design for museums

- Coordination of exhibition content in collaboration with researchers, curators, and artists

- Production and construction of exhibition projects

- Installation of artworks in the museum until project completion

Our museographies function as diverse systems that allow for change, reuse, and growth, tailored to the aesthetic and budgetary needs of each museum project, aiming to create a comprehensive experience where exhibited works, visitor interaction, museum furniture, and architecture converge to generate a unique museum experience.

In 2019, our firm was awarded the Covarrubias Prize for Best Museographic Work by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), recognizing our excellence in museum design and exhibition implementation.

Giacomo Castagnola received his Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT) from the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013, and holds a degree in architecture and urbanism from Ricardo Palma University (URP) in Lima Peru. Originally from Lima, Peru, for seven years (2003-2010) he lived and worked in the Tijuana / San Diego border region where he established Germen, an architectural and design studio, to investigate the self-organized "informal" city that composes up to 40% of the urban and growing infrastructure of many Latin American cities. Currently, Castagnola works in Mexico City in architecture for exhibitions and museographies that explore new ways of displaying archives of art and material culture.

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Founder

Giacomo Castagnola

Arquitectos

Erik López
Cristóbal García

Past Collaborators

Fernando J Limón — San Diego, CA
Fernando Becerra — San Diego, CA
Carlos A. Augusto Paz — Tijuana, MX