1/16/2013

Museo Soumaya



Mexico City's Museo Soumaya is both an iconic architectural symbol as well as a functional container for displaying art.  Designers at FR-EE architecture designed the museum to function both as 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.






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 facade is made of hexagonal aluminum modules facilitating its preservation and durability.  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, caf√©, 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 light.