Through an invited competition in 2006, FR-EE was commissioned to expand the historic Museo Experimental El Eco designed by sculptor Mathias Goeritz, a German artist who worked closely with Mexican architect Luis Barragán. Built in 1952-1953, the museum had outgrown its space and needed to expand its offices and special services to improve daily operations.
FR-EE developed a rational proposal to add a separate low-profile structure to the existing building, providing it with a corner presence that it previously lacked – and left intact the large entry wall erected by Goeritz. A multifunctional patio is aligned with the entry and the offices of the director and his staff are located on the top floor, equipped with a cafeteria. The bottom floor is occupied by an auditorium, workshop, and a storage space.
To reflect Goeritz’s vision, the façade was treated in a style similar to that of the original building and set at an angle to the structure, creating an empty space of non-parallel lines.
LOCATION: Mexico City, Mexico PROGRAM: Culture & Recreation STATUS: Built SIZE: 329 m2329 m2 DATE: 2006-20072006–07 COLLABORATORS: FRENTE Arquitectura FR-EE TEAM: Fernando Romero, Juan Pablo Maza, Dolores Robles-Martínez, Eduardo Sosa, Luis Fuentes, Luis Flores, Omar Gerala Félix, Gerardo Galicia, Ana Medina, Abril Tovar, Diego Eumir Jasso, Santiago Trejo, Jojhana Herrera, Edgar Rodríguez, Arturo Márquez, Octavio Cervantes, Rodolfo Rueda, Alejandro Quinto, Armando Niño de Rivera, Susana Hernández, Mari Carmen Salgado, David Ortega, Mari Carmen Salgado, Wonne Ickx