Fernando Romero, The architectural genius behind the conceptual firm LAR, is taking Mexico City to new heights. December 15th is the inauguration for Soumaya Museum and Polanco Hotel which sit next to one another. The Soumaya Musem is a sculptural building constructed of unique steel columns and hexagonal aluminum modules. The building features art space, a cafe, offices, gift shop, and a lobby. Up at the top, the roof is suspended from a cantilever which allows for natural light to shine into the building.
On the other hand, the adjacent building, The Polanco Hotel, is a mixed-use complex consisting of residential spaces, a shopping mall, offices, a theater! The oval shaped building rises above the rest, and in it’s organic nature, the asymetrical plan is consolidate with a continuous window facade that can open completely, allowing efficient cross-ventilation, minimizing inner energy consumption, and reducing the use of artificial energy within the architecture.
(Recent Photograph of Construction In Progress)
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