Ancient Mexico inspired pavilion designed for London museum


The UK’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and London Design Festival have selected Mexican architect, Frida Escobedo to create an installation in the museum’s John Madejski Garden to mark a celebration of Mexican culture.

Entitled ‘You know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection’, Escobedo has created a pavilion, inspired by Tenochtitlán, the ancient Mexican city built on a lake.

It is a flexible space made up of layers of reflective surfaces that can be moved and adapted to hold a wide variety of events and activities.


Escobedo said: “The pavilion is an abstraction of this first settlement in the lake – a mirrored system of platforms that resembles the city’s grid and the sheen of the water as it was first described by [Spanish conquistador]  Cortez’s men.

“The platforms can be arranged in different configurations, making it a dynamic and flexible space that adapts to a number of events. The reflective surface integrates the pavilion with its surroundings, becoming a link between past and present, between context and a new common territory.”

Mexican Embassy Ambassador Diego Gomez-Pickering: “We are delighted to be working with the V&A and the London Design Festival to bring the work of this talented Mexican architect to London this summer.

“It will be a highlight of our year-long-programme of the Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom, in which we will show the diversity of the cultural heritage of Mexico, its rich history and strong traditions.”

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