Sunday, February 27, 2011

Museo Soumaya

An email just landed in my inbox about Museo Soumaya, opening next month in Mexico City. The building is designed by FREE Fernando Romero, and seeing the below image I couldn't help think of the synchronicity with yesterday's post, a photo of two undulating towers outside Toronto. We'll see if more iconic curves make their way onto my web pages in the coming days.

Museo Soumaya by FREe Fernando Romero
[Museo Soumaya by FREE Fernando Romero | Photo by Adam Wiseman]

The text from the photo link above:
“Museo Soumaya” was conceived as a sculptural building that is unique and contemporary, yet serves to house a collection of international paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects dating from the fourteenth century to the present. From the outside, the building is an amorphous shape that inspires different perceptions in each visitor, while on the inside the museums varied topology reflects the diversity of the collection. The shell of the building is constructed with steel columns of different diameters, each with its own geometry and shape, offering the visitor non-linear circulation. There are 16,000 square meters of exhibition space divided among six floors, as well as an auditorium, a café, offices, a gift shop, a multi-use lobby, and storage space. The top floor is the largest space; its roof is suspended from a cantilever that allows natural lighting. The building s façade is made from hexagonal aluminum modules facilitating its preservation and durability.


  1. I should be there... executive drawings also very interesting...

  2. it's a fantastic Project! faboulous architecture!

  3. Interesting!
    Just wondering whether the glass used is covering the openings and ventilation spaces, or is put in place primarily for architectural purposes.

  4. One point more..

    In our view, such structures might look amazing at first sight... but do they not become eyesores later when the initial sheen is lost?

  5. Isn't this 8 - 10 years behind Selfridges?

  6. its burning!!! LITERALLY!

  7. The exterior looks like it has sequins glittering all over it, it’s really beautiful, but I was wondering the same thing too about whether it would tarnish with age. That would be a great shame of course and I’m sure the architect took that into consideration when designing the facility. I love the shape of it too, so smooth, and quite sexy actually!


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