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El Eco Museum Extension / FRENTE + LAR

  • Architects: FRENTE, LAR
  • Location: Colonia San Rafael, México City, Mexico
  • Architects: LAR / Fernando Romero + FRENTE / Juan Pablo Maza
  • Project Team: Gonzalo Elizarraras, David Ortega, Estefanía Hoth, Karla Aragón, Miriam Gutierrez, Mariel de la Torre, Dolores Robles, Eduardo Sosa, Luis Fuentes, Luis Flores, Gerardo Galicia, Ana Medina, Abril Tovar, Diego Jasso, Santiago Trejo, Edgar Rodríguez, Omar Félix, Susana Hernández
  • Client: UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
  • Area: 329.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Alvaro Capistrán, Juan Carlos Polanco, Fidel Ugarte, Jorge Silva

© Alvaro Capistrán © Alvaro Capistrán © Juan Carlos Polanco © Fidel Ugarte

From the architect. The experimental museum “El Eco”, developed by Mathías Goeritz in 1952, is one of the most significant and emblematic buildings of the twentieth century in Mexico.

© Fidel Ugarte
© Fidel Ugarte

In 2005 the museum was restored by the UNAM, and in 2006 a contest was called for an annex building to contain its complementary services.

© Juan Carlos Polanco
© Juan Carlos Polanco

The winning proposal designed by LAR and FRENTE, is a careful exercise of integration with the original construction and dignifies the Eco Museum.

© Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

The project is notable for its discreet and respectful attitude towards the existing building while retaining a contemporary character.

© Alvaro Capistrán
© Alvaro Capistrán

The “L” form building is situated between two trapezoidal patios, the main one opens to the street and the second one is an interior patio.

© Alvaro Capistrán
© Alvaro Capistrán

The ground floor has a multiple activities room, workshop and storage room. The upper floor has offices, dinning room and washroom.

© Alvaro Capistrán
© Alvaro Capistrán
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