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arquidecture: el gran museo del mundo maya
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feb 17, 2013
arquidecture: el gran museo del mundo maya


‘the great mayan world museum’ by arquidecture, yucatan, mexico
image © david cervera
all images courtesy of arquidecture

 

 

when approaching a project of such historical grandeur one can choose many conceptual branches that may eventually inform the massing and
function of the structure, appropriate to its significance.  mexican practice arquidecture, formerly called 4A arquitectos, looked to mayan beliefs
rather than their aesthetic when designing the ‘gran museo del mundo maya’ in the native yucatan area. based on their worship of the ‘ceiba,’
or the sacred tree, the structure prominently features an oval mass hoisted high above the ground wrapped in green-tinted facade elements that
represent the foliage spreading out, protecting and shading the functions underneath. a foundation of earth-tone marble sets a heavy foundation
paying respect to the earth and construction methods, with a series of ramps and stairs accessible by all to reach the main entrance.

 

the trunk of the tree is a circular staircase inside a screen of vertical louvers that emphasize the height. the metaphorical roots of the project contain
the collections, transit cellars, research and study areas of the great archaeological acquisition and a 260-space parking garage, followed by the main
lobby, ticket offices, coat check and locker area, 2000 m2 of sequential exhibition halls, 600 m2 for traveling exhibitions, PR office, childcare center,
restaurant, souvenir shop and terrace bar at the tree base level. a passive rooftop partly shaded by the green canopy containing the executive and
administrative offices, multi-purpose hall, and cinema, help to control solar gain and comfort levels. a digital display band on the exterior displays
lively information and leads views to the brightly-lit ‘ceiba frond’ which holds a strong appearance at night.

 

 


view form the street
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approach on a monolithic marble plinth
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entry
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interior with exposed steel structure
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exhibition rooms
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central circular stairs
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entry ramp
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illuminated facade elements
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digital screen displays animations
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floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / mezzanine

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level 2

 

 


floor plan / level 3

 

 

project info:

 

 

area: 22,604.75 m2
location: mérida, yucatán
client: cultur
design: ricardo combaluzier, enrique duarte, william ramirez and josefina rivas

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