Joshua Feldman

Museo del Territorio Guarani

This was the second of three proposed architecture design studios to study and develop design proposals in an area of South America that would be affected by major multinational infrastructural interventions. The task would be to conceive, program and resolve the architecture of a museum of the future, involving both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Territorio Guarani. This project begins with the idea of establishing a center for the Jesuit missions in the Guarani region. Housed in this building are both tangible and intangible gallery spaces which attest to the diversity of cultural artefacts from the Guarani people. The building aims to re-establish the courtyard of the Jesuit mission from the 17th century. By separating the public from the private spaces, the building encourages passage alongside the ruins. The museum visitor experiences the gallery along a continuous path, allowing the visitor to encounter both tangible and intangible spaces. Built into the thickness of the wall are intimate seating areas for visitors to become immersed in non-visual artefacts, the visitor may encounter a large auditorium space for the performance of local dance and rituals, and the restaurant which lies at the termination of the path offers dramatic views north towards the Parana River.

About The Designer

Joshua Feldman is in his 4th and final year of the M.Arch 1 program at the Harvard GSD. He is currently working on his thesis prep, which is investigating vacuous architecture in an urban environment. Joshua is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied at the University of Cape Town before transferring to Yale University where he completed his bachelor of arts degree with a major in architecture. He has worked at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, nArchitects, SHoP, and Snohetta in New York City as well as a small landscape architect in Singapore. Joshua is also the head TA for the first-year architecture studio.