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Published: 3 Mar 2011

Museo Soumaya, Mexico

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Opening next month, Museo Soumaya in Mexico City is set to become as much of a tourist attraction as the art it houses courtesy of a bold architectural design.

Designed by architect Fernando Romero, the structure is a twisted tower built from curved steel columns clad in reflective aluminium hexagons. It will provide a Central American rival to the likes of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Louvre in Paris.

With 20,000 sq m of gallery space spread over five floors, the museum will house the extensive private art and design collection of telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim, including the largest selection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside Paris.

The expanding shape of the building means that the largest space is located on the top floor and is flooded with daylight, which pours through the cantilevered roof.

It will also play host to a café, shop, office space and auditorium, as well as a public library and archives.

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