ten arquitectos: amparo museum, puebla, mexico
ten arquitectos: amparo museum, puebla, mexico ten arquitectos: amparo museum, puebla, mexico
mar 12, 2013

ten arquitectos: amparo museum, puebla, mexico

‘amparo museum intervention’ by ten arquitectos, puebla, mexico

image © luis gordoa

all images courtesy of ten arquitectos



the amparo museum is located within the historical city center of puebla and houses one of the most important collections of art and historical artifacts in all of mexico. while the existing structure is composed of various colonial buildings, the intervention and rehabilitation by mexixo city-based firm ten arquitectos is a glazed protrusion from the cultural bastion. the architectonic gesture posits a new way of walking through the museum’s ample collection. the addition of the windowed vestibule encourages a dialogue between the collections, which range from precolombian works to seminal pieces by frida kahlo, vicente rojo, manuel felguérez and the like. the space additionally makes for an opportunity for the museum to curate rotating exhibitions– a factor that automatically increases the relevance of the institution for a fresh demographic. the reimagined architecture creates terraces and gardens while motivating visitors to know another side of the city of puebla. the particular urban landscape has been a historical crux in the development of mexico; now it’s domes, towers, churches and terrain are reframed for a new era.





view of vestibuleimage © luis gordoa



image © luis gordoa



the new emerging volume offers views of the surrounding urbanity

image © luis gordoa



historic downtown skyline view from the deck

image © luis gordoa



new vertical circulation visually connects the ground floor to puebla´s landscape

image © luis gordoa


view of gallery

image © luis gordoa



stairs keep the visually light aesthetic

image © luis gordoa



ample glazing characterizes the intervention



night view of north deck with planters made from local handcrafted “talavera”

image © luis gordoa



floor plan



long section




project info:


location: puebla, mexicoarchitect: enrique norten /ten arquitectosyear of design: 2009year of completion: 2013program: museum, lobby, auditorium, gift shop, restaurant, offices, lecture rooms and storage.project team: enrique norten, salvador arroyo, carlos salas, alejandro solis, marisol moreno, daniel hernández, omar barcenas, luis farfán, farid hernandez.area: 129,200 sf of constructionclient: amparo foundationcost: $400 million mexican pesos

  • Interesting to finally see some recent built work by Enrique Norten, but overall it appears rather clunky, lacking a sense of refinement or cohesion. I can’t help but wonder what Piano would have done.

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