Location: Mexico City, Mexico
The Polyforum Siqueiros and its Galleries were conceived by the architects Joaquin Alvarez Ordonez, Guillermo Rossel de la Lama and Ramon Mikelajauregui, together with Siqueiros in 1967. These had not been renovatedsince its inauguration in 1971.
Our intervention was reduced to removing elements from the galleries rather than a proper design project. We got rid of the original dark blue industrial carpet that covered the floor and stairs and replaced it with a white glossy epoxy finish. The coarse granular texture of the walls was substituted for a smooth white finish. The dropped ceiling concentric rings were removed and only two of the structural rings were left. The original wooden false ceiling, bench and staircases were sanded and varnished. The clear glass dividing the interior from the exterior was covered with a translucent matte coating in order to contain the gallery space andmake the visitor focus on the exhibitions. The only design piece we created is the elliptical reception desk which accentuates the dynamic space of the circular galleries and invites the visitor to proceed towards the exhibition areas.