Galeria OMR – Mateo Riestra, José Arnaud-Bello, Max von Werz

architect_ Mateo Riestra, José Arnaud-Bello, Max von Werz
collaborators_Javier Moctezuma & Oriam Morales
location_Mexico City, Mexico
structural engineer_ Ricardo Camacho / DECSA
service engineer_ Taller 2m
construction year_February 2016
area_455 sqm
photography_ Rory Gardiner

from the architects_  
After 30 years in a turn-of-the-century Porfirian villa, the contemporary art gallery OMR decided to move to a new location. The design strategy was to preserve the existing brutalist building as much as possible, adjusting some interior details so as to bring out the character of the building and transform it into a generous exhibition space. A vertical one story extension accommodates all back-of-house functions. The result is a sober project that amplifies the character of the original building whilst preparing it for a new cultural life without resorting to the international conventions of the sterile white cube.

Courtesy of Max von Werz