The Last Word

Singapore Tatler Homes - - JUN/JUL 2018 -

Look­ing at this un­con­ven­tional structure, a tree­house might be the first im­pres­sion to spring to mind. From its slop­ing floors to the un­du­lat­ing walls, the gallery is ex­cep­tional in many ways. Founded by Guggen­heim suc­ces­sor San­ti­ago Rum­ney Guggen­heim and de­signed by Jorge Ed­uardo Neira Serkel, the IK Lab gallery is set within the Azu­lik re­sort in Tu­lum, Mex­ico, and built pri­mar­ily with ce­ment and lo­cally-sourced Be­juco wood. The gallery basks in nat­u­ral light, with its or­ganic shape run­ning al­most counter to the con­ven­tional method­ol­ogy of dis­play­ing art. Guests are en­cour­aged to ex­plore the gallery bare­foot to ex­pe­ri­ence the tac­tile tex­tures of this truly im­mer­sive space; plans are also afoot for artist res­i­den­cies as well as art pro­grammes for the lo­cal chil­dren. The re­sult­ing venue brings a slice of art and cul­ture to the sea­side town, while cel­e­brat­ing the beauty of its trop­i­cal sur­round­ings.

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