Location: Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
The competition sponsored by the INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts) proposed the transformation of David Alfaro Siqueiros work studio into a world-class museum without losing its original character of an art workshop and a center for experimentation. A series of contemporary buildings without any apparent planning, logic or order other than to satisfy the necessities of creating the mural made up the workshop. The intention of the proposal was to select which constructions should be preserved, which should be demolished and which new buildings were needed in order to create an architectural element to envelop these volumes and give order and unity to the complex.
This skin embraces, includes, compromises and orders the series of buildings that solve the different requirements of the program in an integrated architectural expression. On the main façade, it acts as a protagonist accentuating the access in a mimetic gesture that responds to the external mural. In the interior patio and main gallery, it abandons this role to take on a more functional one as it protects the exhibition spaces from the natural elements. In the office building and studio tower it adapts to its geometry and the resulting form is its product.