Article: Museum Regenerating An Entire City
I recently read this article on a new museum in Mexico that is a centerpiece in urban redevelopment. I enjoyed the power of a museum as a catalyst for community change through storing design
How A Museum Can Regenerate An Entire City
A NEW CULTURAL CENTER ACTS LIKE AN OVERPASS, LINKING TWO PARKS. IT’S THE FIRST PHASE OF A PLAN TO OVERHAUL THE CITY OF VILLAHERMOSA’S MAIN THOROUGHFARE.
Like many medium-sized cities around the world, Villahermosa, Mexico, could benefit from a shiny new museum to draw tourists and provide public space for its residents. But architect Enrique Norten and his firm TEN Arquitectos have much bigger plans than that. They’ve developed a cultural center that’s part of an ambitious rethinking of Villahermosa’s most major street.
The Museo Elevado de Villahermosa, or Musevi for short, is a new cultural center in Villahermosa that’s part of Norten’s fresh master plan. The structure sits on (and over) the busy Paseo Tabasco, which will undergo a larger transformation to make the street a green, mixed-use, multi-modal thoroughfare for bikes and pedestrians.
The site is unique in that it links two parks, each with their own lakes, which had previously been divided by the busy street. Like an overpass for a freeway, the white, cantilevered structure uses a series of ramps and skyways to provide pedestrians access to the parks, while containing a cultural experience within. Art exhibitions will be mounted in the central corridor, which doubles as a vista point for people crossing from one side of the park to another. Along the lake on one side is an amphitheater for outdoor performances, with landscape architecture for the entire project by W Architecture.