estudio 3.14 develops inflatable traveling museum for children estudio 3.14 develops inflatable traveling museum for children
aug 01, 2015

estudio 3.14 develops inflatable traveling museum for children

estudio 3.14 develops inflatable traveling museum for children
all images courtesy of david corona, cintia durán




a recent surge in interest towards public education by municipal governments provided guadalajara-based estudio 3.14 a long awaited opportunity at designing an inflatable structure. led by ministry of culture exhibition director susana chávez and guachimontones interpretational center director ericka blanco; the project entailed creating a traveling exhibition to be shown at elementary schools teaching the cultural history of the teuchitlan tradition — a pre-columbian society that occupied modern day nayarit and jalisco.

kids exchanging products at the end of the tour




the team developed a concept that would take kids through a guided tour of the valles region, taking them back in time to observe, learn, and eventually compare to contemporary mexican culture. the museum explores six keywords: observe, harvest, fish, transform, keep, and exchange, detailing them all in a series of playful learning activities and visual cues.

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domestic life section




david saracco, a collaborator and project manager, painted the interior’s various landscape scenes in watercolor. all other original works were provided by local painter jorge monroy. ericka blanco and team were — and will be in the future — on-site and provided children with a 30 minute tour of the museum.


video courtesy of estudio 3.14




throughout, distinct products are given to the children as they pass from one point to the next. by the end they emerge with a plethora of corn cobs, obsidian arrows, ceramic pieces, fish, and cooking instruments — children friendly versions, obviously — as well as a headful of knowledge. the installation shown here at the at basilio vadillo school, was largely successful. children left school happily recounting the days events to parents and friends, leaving estudio 3.14 and collaborators content and excited for the next destination. 

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children learning about the use of ceramics in teuchitlán tradition

children ‘fishing’ for knowledge

inside the valles region


video courtesy of estudio 3.14

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kids welcoming guachimontones inflatable museum

hanging out in the windows 

concept sketch by norberto miranda

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guachimontones archaelogical site, valles region, jalisco, méxico
image by david saracco

inflatable museum team 



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edited by: nick brink | designboom 


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