The 8th Arquine International Competition called for ideas to design a museum in Tulum adjacent to an important archaeological Maya complex in South-East Mexico.
The competition looked for contemporary languages capable of dialoguing with the landscape and the pre-Hispanic legacy.
The site in object is located outside of the Maya ancient walls; for this reason we created an ideal connection between the ruins and the project, generating a continuous dialogue between past and present. We also wanted avoid something absolutely abstract from the contest.
We were impressed by the Maya ruins, in which several structures were composed according to a regular geometry pattern: this stimulated our proposal that considers the museum not as a closed and finished building but like a village, an ideal and new extension of the ancient one. The Maya urban pattern is therefore re-presented in a contemporary way, allowing the museum complex to blend into the landscape.
The programme requires a museum with a total surface area of 500 m2 which we have divided into a series of smaller buildings; the tourists will perceive this new site as a place to discover and to live.
The access and the exit to the archaeological site have not been modified whilst the road in front of the museum has been increased in width to allow for a better flow and parking of cars and buses.
The permanent and temporary museums have structural walls made of alternated stacked wood and sanded glass. All the effort has been made to bring natural light in all the spaces while offering optimal comfort through naturally ventilation.