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

arquidecture: el gran museo del mundo maya

‘the great mayan world museum’ by arquidecture, yucatan, mexicoimage © david cerveraall images courtesy of arquidecture



when approaching a project of such historical grandeur one can choose many conceptual branches that may eventually inform the massing andfunction 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 streetimage © david cervera



approach on a monolithic marble plinthimage © david cervera



entryimage © david cervera



image © david cervera



interior with exposed steel structureimage © david cervera



exhibition roomsimage © david cervera



image © david cervera



central circular stairsimage © david cervera



entry rampimage © david cervera



illuminated facade elementsimage © david cervera



digital screen displays animationsimage © david cervera



image © david cervera




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 m2location: mérida, yucatánclient: culturdesign: ricardo combaluzier, enrique duarte, william ramirez and josefina rivas

  • Wow… remembers me of a chinese bird’s nest!!

    ernest says:
  • Well done. It looks that the architect worked hard on details. It is very nice the contrast between the nest and the box: dynamic vs static

    Pablo says:

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