Jumex Museum by David Chipperfield

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Jumex Museum is the first building made by the London architect David Chipperfield in Mexico. This building, which exhibits one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in Latin America, is located in a particular area of Polanco, Mexico City. The Jumex Museum is surrounded by high buildings of individual character, where there is no clear aesthetic or coherence to the skyline; this eliminates any kind of intention to integrate with its surroundings. On a non-orthogonal terrain, the building heads a triangular park where it acts as a freestanding pavilion that responds to its own logic within a totally eclectic environment.

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Heading the public square, the museum, and specifically its lower level, acts as an atrium, lending to the possibility of interacting with the various artists as well as expositions contained within. The Jumex Museum receives support from fourteen columns allowing for a free space that gives rise to the merger of the ground floor with the public square. This is where the transition from the exterior to the interior is imperceptible; the space manages to both relate to the urban placement as well as incorporate the surrounding landscape.

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In addition to containing and exhibiting contemporary works of art, the museum reaffirms its status as a meeting place by offering (on the first floor) a free and flexible space capable of hosting large groups. This space can be used to hold conferences, debates, screenings, and so on. On the second level, there is a formal exhibition area with a terrace that frames the view of the buildings with which it coexists. Finally, the main exhibition space is located on the third floor and stretches over 800 m2. Its boundary, a ceiling that stands out and contrasts with its surroundings, creates a rhythmic geometry with its sawtooth shape.

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The roof of the Jumex Museum allows for the greatest use of natural light, distributing it evenly.

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The materials used to construct the Jumex Museum are of local origin and incorporate the facades, ceiling, and the travertine floors of Xalapa, Veracruz. Its basement, columns, and core of the first floor are constructed using white concrete with all windows possessing full-height glazing and the steel frames spanning from floor to ceiling.
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Photography by  Simon Menges y Moritz Bernoully.

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