Roth-Architecture –In the heart of one of the most exclusive locations in Latin America, an unprecedented art gallery project is showcasing a roster of prominent international artists and hosting breakthrough contemporary art exhibitions.
IK LAB develops unprecedented immersive cultural experiences for Tulum’s expanding local community and international visitors fostering creativity, awareness, and vision.
Through its environmentally conscious design, a bespoke circle of artists and avant-garde residency program, IK LAB aspires to provide a framework for the world’s finest creative minds to interact with the gallery’s visionary architecture.
It captures the quintessence of the Yucatan peninsula’s abundant nature and rich spiritual heritage to project it into a new future as an inspiration and model for communities beyond.
The savvy combination of ancestral knowledge, technological innovation, applied sustainability, lived spirituality and collective experiences will culminate in new ways of creating and experiencing art as a token of the potential of human evolution and vision.
IK LAB gallery, which is under the direction of Rumney Guggenheim, opened its doors in April of 2018 with its inaugural exhibition “Alignments”, a group show with sculptures and installations by Tatiana Trouvé, Artur Lescher and Margo Trushina, three artists whose work explores the human journey through both physical and metaphysical realms.
Built on stilts, the gallery is elevated to the height of the tree canopy, neither cowering in its shadow nor surpassing it in arrogance, in total equilibrium with Mother Nature. The design is also a gesture of sustainability, as it allows the local wildlife free passage below.
The fact that no trees were cut to make way for the building further attest the building’s ecological bona fides. The gallery’s elevated position is also symbolic of the experiential elevation to another dimension that the place is meant to induce. Indeed, when visitors walk through the glass and wood, four-metre high doors into the fluid space of undulating surfaces, it is as if they have stepped into some kind of metaphysical reality.