New gallery design for Mexico City


Work is set to begin later this year on a new six-storey home for Mexican design and architecture gallery Archivo.

It has been  designed by emerging studio Zeller & Moye and overseen by Mexican architect and gallery founder Fernando Romero.

The designers have  planned the building in Mexico City as a stack of irregular floors that will project in different directions, creating a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces amongst the surrounding jungle-like greenery.


Staircases will spiral around the perimeter of the floors, connecting balconies and terraces, while transparent glass walls will be set back from the facade to enclose the spine of the structure.

“Our design for Archivo represents a new building typology in Mexico City,” said Christoph Zeller and Ingrid Moye, whose practice is based in both Mexico City and Berlin.

“The vertically stacked open floors full of life and activity connect the building with its surroundings, thereby challenging the trend for enclosed facades and stimulating an upcoming neighbourhood through culture and design.”

The new building will accommodate galleries for both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, as well as a section dedicated to the history of Mexico City, a library, a restaurant and bar, and a number of workshop and events rooms.

Romero added: “We are aiming to create the premier forum for contemporary design in Latin America, giving voice to young designers, creating dialogue and awareness about architecture and design in the region.”


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