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A silver swell rising from the ground, this shapely art museum has effectively transformed a former industrial site in the Polanco district on the outskirts of Mexico City into an inter­national showpiece. The six-storey structure, formed by 28 vertical steel columns encircled with seven steel bracings, is clad in hexagonal aluminum modules, evoking fish scales or the floor tiles in a Parisian bistro. Some 6,000 square metres of exhibition space, connected by a series of ramps and brightened by a dramatic skylight, houses billionaire magnate Carlos Slim’s vast collection, including an impressive group of Rodins and other artworks that span six centuries. ­


People’s Choice: Buildings Over 1,000SqM
Soumaya Museum

Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, by Fernando Romero Enterprise; RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne, Australia, by Sean Godsell Architects; and Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York, by SHoP Architects

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