‘lecumberri national archive museum’ by rojkind arquitectos in mexico city all images courtesy rojkind arquitectos

 

mexico-based practice rojkind arquitectos has sent us their design proposal for the country’s national archive museum which is housed in the palacio de lecumberri, a former prison in mexico city. since its inception in 1882, the prison has gone through a number of expansion and transformation, resulting in a structure similar to an old canvas that has been painted over and over again. the proposal aims to restore the building in a manner that is largely true to the idea of its vanguard prison origin, while still bringing in new elements that would provide for the new cultural and research facility.

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri view from green terrace

 

the design proposes to restore some of the original dimensions of the building and bring back a 19th century prison layout concept that lorenzo de la hidalga originally proposed in 1882: the panopticon. the concept refers to a radial layout of the cells which allows the observer to look out at the prisoners without the latter being able to tell whether they are being watched or not. usually consisting of a central tower or control station, the design utilizes this advantageous point to provide the visitors with a clear outline site of the history of mexican society, keeping the most evocative spaces free from distractions.

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri view of central space

 

the heart of the museum acts as the collective hub for the circulation of the project. featuring ramps and connections to the rest of the building, it remains open to the exterior, acting as an exposed atrium space with sightlines to different levels and activities throughout. the programs and facilities of the museum are housed in the residual spaces, leaving the star-shaped concourse for circulation purposes while allowing for a clear reading of the original building.

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri central space

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri view of museum

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri museum courtyard

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri view of physical and digital reference hall

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri view of document research hall

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri bird’s eye at night

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri rendered top view

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri conceptual board illustrating the evolution of the building

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri project phasing

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri building program: ground floor

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri building program: basement level

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri ground floor plan

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri basement floor plan

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri (left) ground floor plan of entrance (center) basement floor plan level -2.80 (right) basement floor plan level -7.80 (1) reference and digital consultation hall (2) children’s archives, center for history education (3) cafeteria (4) b0ook store (5) restrooms (6) mixed spaces (7) auditorium (8) library (9) connections

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri document exhibit area

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri long building section

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri museum component section

 

rojkind arquitectos: national archive museum   palacio de lecumberri physical model

 

project info:

design principal: michel rojkind halpert printipal: gerardo salinas van orman project team: alonso de la fuente obregón, rafael cedillo sánchez, daniela bustamante quiroz, yasser r. salomón espinoza, alejandro argumedo reyes, carlos a. ríos limón, tere levy chomer, andrea león cruz, monique rojkind halpert, filiberta cervantes sanluis architectural historian consultant: rafael ricardo fierro gossman museography consultant: patrick gallagher urban planner: arturo ortíz struck design computational consultants: (kokkugia) roland snooks, robert stuart smith, faysal tabbara tyson hosmer structural engineer: (studio NYL) chris o’hara, julian lineham physical model: a. hazael ortiz ramos, crystaline l.a. industrial design: (agent) alberto villareal bello, víctor lópez alemán, isaac smeke jaber, enrique fernández de la barrera graphic design: fhilipp navarro garcía, ernesto moncada