Diverrà il primo museo del design a Città del Messico ed è concepito secondo una serie di piani aperti e sovrapposti con funzioni diverse a seconda del livello. I piani sono variamente ruotati così da dare un’immagine movimentata dell’insieme. La struttura ascensionale e allo stesso tempo ariosa è un segno di assoluta novità per quanto possa richiamare quanto si esperisce nel salire alcuni campanili storici, per esempio la torre di Pisa, in cui lo sviluppo della salita è accompagnato dal continuo raccordo percettivo con l’intorno della piazza.

Città del Messico è caratterizzata da flussi imponenti su lunghe strade di attraversmento che percorrono la magalopoli, da un centro storico in cui campeggia il zocalo, la piazza centrale di vaste dimensioni con le presenze archeologiche azteche, la cattedrale, il palazzo del governo dove la pietra conferisce un che di greve all’insieme, e gli altri spiazzi vicini dove si trova l’ottocentesco teatro dell’opera, e dalle zone più nuove tra cui si segnala per importanza architettonica e artistica l’università con i murales di Diego Rivera. Il tutto in una città enorme, che si dilata sulla pianura e sulle pendici vicine, mentre in lontananza la vallata è chiusa dall’imponente Popocatepetl, il vulcano innevato e ancora attivo.

L’architettura articolata e leggera del nuovo “Archivo” riesce a inserirsi nel contesto storico e geografico pur con tutta la carica della sua netta contemporaneità. Perché è problematico e indefinito, composito e aspro quanto lo è la città nel suo complesso; ma è anche aperto al dialogo col tempo presente e passato e la rotazione dei piani sovrapposti gli conferisce pure un richiamo di carattere organico-naturale alle struttura arboree e al viluppo dei rami e delle foglie lungo spirali ascendenti.

La libertà compositiva dell’insieme pertanto non risulta frutto di eccesso, ma si radica bene in città.

The new home for Latin America’s first design collection designed by Zeller & Moye in collaboration with FR-EE adds to Mexico City’s flourishing contemporary design scene and gives the collection a stronger presence in the city. Scheduled to break ground in late 2014.

“After two years, the thought of a new ground-up facility in which to create and design new shows is thrilling,” says Archivo Director Regina Pozo. Established in 2012, with the mission to promote and exhibit the best of industrial design from early 20th century to present, Archivo has become the go-to hub for learning and experiencing design in Mexico City. Archivo’s collection of 1300+ objects is outgrowing the existing gallery space next to the house and studio of modernist architect Luis Barragan in the neighborhood of Tacubaya and seeks to further consolidate its exhibitions and operations in the new building. The project is expected to start construction by the end of 2014.

“We are aiming to create the premier forum for contemporary design in Latin America, giving voice to young designers, creating dialogue and awareness about architecture and design in the region. Building upon how we approach projects at FR-EE and in Archivo’s collaborative spirit, I wanted the new building to be designed in collaboration with other architects to create the ultimate platform and infrastructure around the collection’ s activities.”Fernando Romero, Founder of FR-EE & Archivo.

Located on a site in the heart of Mexico City surrounded by luscious jungle-like gardens, the new Archivo brings life and regenerative energy to an undiscovered part of the capital. A diverse and transparent gallery space welcomes the visitors inside to enjoy a variety of functions and activities beyond the permanent collection of exclusive design items. Spaces for social events, talks and commercial use have been prioritized to create a more dynamic atmosphere, facilitating dialogue and critical cultural exchange.

“Our design for Archivo represents a new building typology in Mexico City. The vertically stacked open floors full of life and activity connect the building with its surroundings, thereby challenging the trend for enclosed facades and stimulating an upcoming neighborhood through culture and design.” Christoph Zeller & Ingrid Moye.

The 3000m2 building is designed as a raw exoskeleton of six levels that opens up to the exotic surroundings. The structure of the building consists of a vertical core and horizontal floor plates that branch out into the garden, creating an unusual mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. A spiraling staircase expands and contracts along the perimeter, leading the visitors efficiently from ground floor, through the exhibitions inside and outside, all the way up to the public roof terrace to enjoy spectacular views of the city. The staircase serves as an outdoor exhibition space or simply as an informal meeting and resting area, ideal for Mexico’s year-long moderate climate.

The clean structure is completed by glazed facades set back from the slab edge to provide shade and privacy, whilst the more public functions are placed along the active edges. A spectrum of communal life forms around the building are an integral part of the project. Multi-functional spaces for workshops, dance classes and socializing, as well as outdoor areas for urban gardening surrounding Archivo will serve as a destination for the local community and visitors of Mexico City.

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