Mexico’s art gallery in the trees

Posted by Aimee Pace on 17 January 2020

An unusual art gallery has been opened in Tulum by Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, the great-grandson of American art collector Peggy Guggenheim (who was the niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, the man New York’s Guggenheim Museum was named after).

Dubbed the IK Lab, the museum is designed to resemble a tree house with features like vine floors, curving walls and circular windows to peek out of.

The IK Lab from the outside.

Situated within the luxurious eco-friendly Azulik resort, the unique creation is surrounded by green tropical foliage which compliments its brown grassy roof and mandala-like wooden discs.

Visitors enter through a 4m circular glass door and are encouraged to removed their shoes to enjoy the tactile experience of stepping inside the otherworldly structure.

Jorge Neira Sterkel is responsible for the design of the gallery that sits just within an overgrown patch of forest that overlooks the ocean in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

The art featured here reflects the environmentally friendly ethos of the naturalistic resort and the gallery is even propped up on stilts to allow wildlife to pass beneath.

The IK Lab tree house will no doubt draw art- and architcture-lovers, those that support sustainable initiatives and the casually curious.


Pictures: Santiago Heyser/Facebook

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