In the historical center of Puebla, the Amparo Museum is housed in a complex of colonial buildings. The Amparo Foundation wanted to improve visitor experience and increase the museum's exhibition capacity without harming the historic construction. With a limited site, TEN Arquitectos modernized Amparo's spaces and updated its circulation through the insertion of glass volumes of varying scales.
Bringing natural light into the building, the volumes provide access to the galleries and unify the different collections, which range from pre-Columbian works to pieces by modern artists, while simultaneously offering new space for temporary exhibitions, offices and an auditorium. Clarified circulation and updated facilities bring new orientation to the building, turning the Amparo Museum into a public place for gathering, learning and exchange, rather than merely a repository for art.
In addition, the renovation brought new life to the institution by reconnecting it to the city as a renewed and relevant cultural resource. On the museum's roof, the vestibules shape gardens and terraces - which are clad in local marble and talavera, a type of mariolica pottery hand-made by local artisans- to give views over the city, and connect the museum to the historic urban fabric.