Designed by the great-grandson of renowned patron and art collector Peggy Guggenheim, IK LAB gallery, which has opened in Tulum, Mexico, transcends the boundaries of a traditional museum. Santiago Rumney Guggenheim has designed a place inspired by its natural environment which visitors explore barefoot, allowing them to live a spiritual experience as well as an artistic one.
An ‘eco-friendly’ gallery
Located in the heart of the Azulic resort complex and surrounded by the region’s lush nature, the exhibition space of IK LAB Gallery is as far removed as possible from the refined aesthetic and traditionally white walls of a museum’s typical décor.
On the contrary, the gallery was created as a living place, inspired by the surrounding nature, with large walls of corrugated cement that are covered with plants and floors of bejuco, a regional, vine-like plant. Large openings furrow the walls and ceilings, creating skylights within the exhibition space and strengthening the connection between the outdoor and indoor spaces.
A museum that redefines the relationship between art and physical space
In order to create a unique experience that goes beyond the sometimes passive museum visit, IK Lab invites visitors to walk around barefoot so that they can interact with the environment and the ground. Stepping from concrete to wooden planks, visitors experience varying degrees of heat, helping them to perceive the gallery as a living organism, just like the surrounding nature.
IK Lab becomes a space for meditation and reflection that redefines the relationship between art and its physical space. Santiago Rumney Guggenheim concludes “IK LAB is more than a gallery, it aspires to provide a framework for the world’s finest creative minds to interact with the gallery’s visionary architecture and explore new ways of creation”.