Posted on: 11/02/2016 Posted by: Jessica Mairs Comments: 0

These new images by photographer Rory Gardiner capture the striking sawtooth form of the Mexico City gallery designed by architect David Chipperfield to host one of the largest modern art collections in Latin America.

Completed in 2013 and located in Mexico City’s Nuevo Polanco, Museo Jumex is David Chipperfield Architects‘ first building in Latin America. It was recently named as one of six projects on the shortlist for the inaugural RIBA International Prize.

The London firm collaborated with local studio TAAU on the design, which has a distinctive sawtooth roof, and walls made from concrete and white travertine.

The building hosts the Colección Jumex, a collection of over 2,000 artworks by contemporary artists including Jeff Koons, Olafur Eliasson, Tacita Dean, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Mario García Torres.

The whole building is set on a platform and raised above a plaza on 14 broad columns.

The primary exhibition space occupies the top two floors of the building, while the social- and community-based aspects of the museum’s programme are placed at ground level directly off the plaza.

A lower ground floor houses storage facilities and administrative areas, while four further subterranean levels provide car parking.

A loggia wraps one corner of the building at first floor level, offering visitors an opportunity to pause and appreciate views of the city skyline – including the adjacent anvil-shaped Museo Soumaya, which was completed by architect Fernando Romero in 2011.

The new museum more than doubles the exhibition space of the collection’s existing home. The Fundación Jumex’s main headquarters and storage facilities are located in this original building in Ecatepec.

Large, white galleries are filled with daylight by a series of skylights set into the angular roof. The rooms can be subdivided and the level of light moderated to suit specific curatorial requirements.

London-based photographer Rory Gardiner has previously shot The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, as well as projects by Mexican office Ambrosi Etchegaray and London studio Architecture 00.

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