estudio MMX infuses new geology museum in Mexico with Mayan architectural references

Progreso Geology Museum by Estudio MMX

Designed by Estudio MMX, the new Geology Museum in the town of Progreso, on the coast of from Mexico The Yucatán Peninsula is entirely covered with chukum, a natural finish of Mayan origin. Comprised of multiple structures, corridors, gardens and fountains, the ensemble combines ideas of Mayan architecture with the colonial heritage of urban design, while light, shadow and vegetation blend together to create a rich experiential character. .

“The museum consciously synthesizes local Mayan knowledge with contemporary architectural approaches, thereby generating a new identifiable and appropriable public space for the people of Progreso.” share it Mexican workshop.

the Progreso geology museum takes the form of a square composed of multiple structures, corridors, gardens

all images courtesy of Dane Alonso

a “cultural element and public space” in a single project

The new Estudio MMX Geology Museum is conceived as a “cultural element and public space” in a single project. The result is a closed square laid out on the sides of a central corridor, through which visitors can both access the interior spaces and walk through the site accompanied by gardens and fountains. Two large raised gardens flank the corners of the square, making it possible to descend the slopes and enjoy new views at different heights. The use of triangular shapes is evident throughout the complex, in the form of cutouts and large skylights that help illuminate the semi-open structure. Light, shade, and vegetation shine, giving the square a new character reminiscent of Mayan architecture and the city’s colonial heritage.

The museum, which occupies the southeast corner of the square, consists of eight exhibition volumes that can be subdivided into two larger areas. One houses the permanent exhibition, while the other serves as a multi-purpose space where various events and temporary exhibitions can be organised. Adjacent to the two volumes are offices, space for research and catalog rooms, and a storage area. The materiality of the museum, which is entirely covered with chukum, “a natural finish of Mayan origin” like the architects call it, ensures its durability and low maintenance costs.

estudio MMX infuses new geology museum in Mexico with Mayan architectural references
the museum synthesizes local Mayan knowledge with contemporary architectural approaches

estudio MMX infuses new geology museum in Mexico with Mayan architectural references
visitors can cross the premises through promenades with gardens and fountains

estudio MMX infuses new geology museum in Mexico with Mayan architectural references
light, shade and vegetation accompany visitors who stroll through the whole

estudio MMX infuses new geology museum in Mexico with Mayan architectural references
the structure is completely covered with chukum, a natural finish of Mayan origin

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