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Iñaki Echeverria

Glass Facade for Children's Museum

An underground museum, which integrates state of the art construction and sustainability technologies with an interactive and dynamic approach. In this project the concept of “museum” is addressed from an entirely new perspective, as the building itself becomes part of the learning experience. The flowing geometry of the structure, joined by its demonstrative technologies, enables visitors to incorporate both passive and active systems while viewing the construction, thereby allowing museography and architecture to merge.

A museum is usually conceived as a series of rooms that explain topics in a rigid sequence. In this case, the topic is being explored throughout the museum as a whole and understood within diverse contexts, allowing the visitor to create his or her own tour.

The project explores two main strategies: the restoration of two existing buildings on site and the underground construction of the new building. The latter allows for a third, resultant strategy to emerge–the landscape proposal. This allows the new construction to blend into the existing site morphology. The restoration of the two existing buildings allows us to introduce a new program to an under-used space and improve its current condition. The underground strategy reduces the impact on the site and helps maintain the park's horizontal landscape.

About The Designer

Inaki Echeverria is an architect and landscape urbanist based in Mexico City. His eponymous firm specializes in searching “the right questions” to materialize ideas. Through a multidisciplinary approach, it provides unique and specific solutions in every project. Echeverria teaches at Harvard, founded the Berlin Summer Workshop in Aede's ANCB and is founder and curator of TEKIO forum. Since 2008 he has been awarded diverse, high-profile landscape and architecture commissions, both public and private, such as Texcoco Park (35,000 acres) and Atlacomulco (200 acres); the exteriors of luxury retailer Liverpool and the Papalote Children’s Museum in Monterrey. His work has been widely published and exhibited in America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.