The Last Word
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.