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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, Mexico by FR-EE – Fernando Romero Enterprise

 
June 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FR-EE – Fernando Romero Enterprise

Museum buildings tend to be conceived either for maximum functionality – acting as neutral containers for art – or as iconic structures that represent a city at a particular historic moment. The Museo Soumaya was designed as both: a sculptural building that is unique and contemporary, yet one able to house a collection of international paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects dating from the fourteenth century to the present.

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman 

  • Architects: FR-EE – Fernando Romero Enterprise
  • Project: Soumaya Museum
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Photography: Adam Weisman, Raul Soria
  • Program: Cultural
  • Year: 2005 – 2011
  • Client: Fundación Carlos Slim
  • Area: 16,000 m² / 172,223 ft²
  • Status: Built

Image Courtesy © Raul Soria

The exterior of the building is an amorphous shape perceived differently from every angle, reflecting the diversity of the collection inside. The building’s distinctive façade is made of hexagonal aluminum modules facilitating its preservation and durability.

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

The shell is constructed with steel columns of different diameters, each with its own geometry and shape, creating non-linear circulation paths for the visitor. The building encompasses 20,000 square meters of exhibition space divided among five floors, as well as an auditorium, café, offices, gift shop, and multipurpose lobby. The top floor is the largest space in the museum, with its roof suspended from a cantilever that allows in natural daylight.

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

Image Courtesy © Adam Weisman

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