Project : FREE Fernando Romero
Collaborators: Gehry Technologies, ARUP, Colinas de Buen, Grupo PC Constructores, INPROS, SWECOMEX, Hubard & Bourlon, Garza Maldonado, SITCOM, SINERGIA
The Soumaya Museum, opened on 1st March 2011 in Mexico City, will house a diverse collection of international painting, sculpture, and object art from the 14th century to the present, including the world’s second largest collection of Rodin sculptures.
The façade is made from translucent concrete that filters light, making the spaces feel light and open. Inside the intermediate levels are open to each other in a continuous volume, but partially separated by enclosed areas.
Constructed with steel columns of varying diameters, the structure provides a non-linear circulation route taking viewers past the nearly 20,000 square meters of exhibition space.
The museum was commisioned by billionaire Carlos Slim and designed by Slim’s son-in-law, Fernando Romero. This is what is called a family business.