Amparo Museum / TEN Arquitectos

  • 09 Mar 2013
  • Museums and Libraries Selected Works
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Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: , México
Architect In Charge: Enrique Norten
Project Team: Enrique Norten, Salvador Arroyo, Carlos Salas, Alejandro Solis, Marisol Moreno, Daniel Hernández, Omar Barcenas, Luis Farfán, Farid Hernandez
Client: Fundación Amparo
Area: 12,000 sqm
Proyect Year: 2013
Photography: Luis Gordoa

Amparo’s Museum building is located within the historical center of the city of Puebla. The museum is composed by various colonial buildings of great historical value and architectonical.

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Nowadays, the museum holds a permanent collection of 4,800 prehispanic pieces, some given by the INAH and other from private collections. There is another permanent collection of baroque art and one more of contemporary art including pieces from notable artists such as Javier Marín, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Vicente Rojo, Manuel Felguérez and Sebastián.

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For the rehabilitation and resize of the building, took in account diverse criteria, such as:

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The architectonical modernization of the spaces and of its museographic script: it is planned to use a new design proposal to update the way of exhibiting and walk through the museum’s different collections; by adding a vestibule, we motivate the intercommunication between the collections, but at the same time they can be accessed and enjoyed independently. In the same way, we establish a new way to intercommunicate the museum’s services, so the public and private aspects could be separated and work more efficiently.

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Create more temporary exhibition spaces: the museum wants to stay at the forefront in a constant renewal that supports one of the most important objectives of the museum such as social, educational and cultural service. With the addition of these new spaces, the purpose it’s being impelled.


Modernization of electromechanical, structural and media systems: Due to the history of the museum, its age, the different interventions, the constant use, its historical value and the client ́s interest in preserving this legacy, it is important to renew, improve and determinate the current condition of the various MEP systems, and also structural. The architectural proposal includes the opportune maintenance of the entire building.

Plan View

Benefit the user with the view that exists in the roof of the building, creating spaces like terraces and gardens.


Therefore, visitors will be motivated to know another aspect of the city of Puebla, showing them the magnificent views of the different domes, towers, churches and natural landscape that haven ́t been exploited previously in any other part of the city.

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