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.