Chipperfield: Fundación/Colección Jumex


David Chipperfield Architects has been appointed to design the new Fundación/Colección Jumex in Mexico City – a 4,000 square meter building that will double the existing exhibition space. Part of a larger masterplan for the area, the project is scheduled to begin construction in March of 2010.

La Colección Jumex is considered to be an important collection of contemporary Latin American art, holding more than 2000 works. If completed on schedule, the project’s opening in 2011 will coincide with the 50th anniversary of tLa Colección.

Located on a triangular site, the project appears to be a series of staked volumes which step upwards to form terraces and courtyard spaces – creating a variety of outdoor spaces, while bringing natural light into the exhibition spaces.


I’m sure that more on this project will be available as it progresses – but initially the images jumped out at me. That, and the contrast from one side of the building to the other. While there’s not much to go off of, it looks as if the facade addressing the street is flat – with these stacked boxes creating some kind of uniform, coplanar surface. Then on the opposite side the building steps down into [or up out of, depending on how you look at it] the park – creating terraces and balconies that open on to this public green space. Simple, but very nice.

As for the images – sure, they’re very basic and probably represent some initial concept of the project – but for some reason I find it refreshing when a firm as renowned as Chipperfield’s puts out such simple, clean images. I’m still hoping that the end of the so-called ‘age of excess’ in architecture means the end of over-processed, realer than photo-realistic, renderings.

Posted: June 11th, 2009
at 11:51am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,museum

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