US based firm, FR-EE, released new renderings for Panama Museum competition entry. The Museum tends to be conceived as neutral containers for art – or as iconic structures that represent a city at a particular historic moment. FR-EE also claimed that the proposal brings a better quality of life to an area in transformation within Panama City. Evoking the surrounding water and the sea, the building’s surprising shape – a fluid, organic ring – materializes a drop of water frozen in time and space. More details from FR-EE come after the jump.

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The museum hovers above a plaza, and features an open-air patio bathed in natural light mediating the entrance to the interior of the building. Natural light and ventilation represent a few of the many ways in which sustainability permeates the project. Environmental concerns are also present in the way coconut fibers are used in the building’s reinforced concrete, and in the way the plaza’s plants act as cleaning agents for the surrounding wetlands. Inside the museum, exhibition and circulation spaces are sweeping and continuous, allowing for extreme flexibility and cohesive transitions.

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