The soumaya museum was conceived as a sculptural building that is both unique and contemporary. its avant-garde morphology and typology define a new paradigm in the history of mexican and international architecture
Link to Architect website here. From the outside, the building is an organic and asymmetrical shape that is perceived differently by each visitor, while reflecting the diversity of the collection on the inside. indeed, the work to be exposed contains amongst others the second biggest collection of rodin sculptures in the world, several authors of medieval and renaissance art, as well as impressionist painters.
Link to Soumaya museum 3D Animation here. The shell of the building is constructed with 28 steel curved columns of different diameters, each with its own geometry and shape, offering the visitor a soft non-linear circulation all through the building. located at each floor level, seven ring beams provide a system that braces the structure and guarantees its stability. the top floor is the most generous space of the museum; its roof is suspended from an impressive cantilever that allows natural daylight to flow in freely. in contrast, the building’s envelope is nearly opaque, offering little and scarce openings to the outside. this gesture can be interpreted as an intention to create a protected shelter for the art collection. the façade is made of hexagonal aluminum modules that optimize the preservation and durability of the entire building.