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First look at Chipperfield's long-awaited Museu Jumex in Mexico City

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David Chipperfield Architects’ much-anticipated Museo Jumex, which houses the most important private collection of contemporary art in Latin America, opens this weekend (17 November)

The practice worked in collaboration with local architects TAAU/Oscar Rodríguez on the 4,000m² building in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico City.

Chipperfield landed the project, which is made of exposed white concrete and locally sourced travertine, back in 2009 and the scheme had originally been scheduled to complete in mid-2011.

Resting on fourteen columns, the museum has been created to showcase part of the ‘Colección Jumex’ - a private art collection founded by Mexico City-born Eugenio López in 2001, containing over 2000 pieces by notable international, Mexican and Latin American artists.

According to the practice, the museum will also provide ‘a public platform for discourse and educational activities, and a lively programme of world-class temporary exhibitions’; including the first ever show of Cy Twombly’s work in Latin America.

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Project data

Project start 2009
Completion November 2013
Gross floor area 4,000m²
Client Eugenio Lopez
Architect David Chipperfield Architects
Contact architect TAAU / Oscar Rodríguez
Structural engineer Arup / Alonso y Asociados
Services engineer Arup / Iacsa
Electrical engineer Asociados A
Facade consultant Soluciones en Piedra Franco
Lighting consultant Arup
Fire protection consultant BMS i
Project management Inpros
Quantity surveyor Intercost
General contractor PC Constructores
Graphics John Morgan Studio

Previous story (AJ 10.06.09)

First look: Chipperfield wins down Mexico way

David Chipperfield Architects is to design a new home for the most important private collection of contemporary art in Latin America

The practice has been appointed to draw up plans for a 4,000m² building for Fundación/Colección Jumex in Mexico City.

The development will provide more than double the existing exhibition space of the Fundación’s home in Ecatepec, to the North of the city.  

Part of a larger masterplan for this area of the city, which will also include the new Soumaya Museum,  the four-storey building is expected to complete in July 2011.


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