Museo Universitario del Chopo | TEN Arquitectos

SAVE Museo Universitario del Chopo | TEN Arquitectos

Project Name: Museo Universitario del Chopo

Practice: TEN Arquitectos

Firm Location: Ciudad de México, MX

Completion year: 2010

Gross Built up Area: 3, 225 m2

Project Location: Ciudad de México, Mexico

Lead Architects: Enrique Norten

Design Team: Enrique Norten, Salvador Arroyo, Jorge Pérez, Natalia Lomelí, Victoria Grossi, Carlos Marín, Marina Muñoz, Verónica Chávez, Fausto Alvarado, Jonathan Barraza, Mateo Riestra, Ernesto Orrante, Ricardo Orozco, Christian Joffroy, Mariana Narváez, Miguel Ríos.

Clients: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Coordinación de Difusión Cultural

Photo Credits: Agustín Garza / Luis Gordoa

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Project Description

(Text as submitted by the Architects | Updated on 19, December, 2020)

In 2004, TEN Arquitectos was chosen to carry out the renovation of the Chopo University Museum, which had not been modified since 1975 when the engineer Francisco de Pablo Galán spearheaded the transformation of the property, which for several years in the 1960s had experienced considerable deterioration and even partial abandonment.


Always having respect for the emblematic structure of the building as our main premise, our architectural program was based on an expansion that took the form of a volume inside the original structure. The canopy remains intact and functions as a framework that wraps the added volume. From the outside, the only indication of the “invasion” – which doubles the museum’s area – is a small portion of the insert. This fragment stretches across one of the pavilion’s walls as a silent reminder of its metamorphosis. In the end, the original building remains intact and yet is completely altered by its new occupant.

Managed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the museum is the scene of the most avant-garde art forms in the city, a space for the performing arts, installations, concerts, events, and even film shoots.



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