Museo Soumaya is a unique looking private museum that is located in Mexico City. The museum is owned by the Carlos Slim Foundation houses an extensive art collection as well as religious relics and historical documents. It was named in memory of the late wife of Carlos Slim, currently considered as one, if not, the richest men in the world.
Museo Soumaya History
The Museo Soumaya was founded sometime in 1994. It was originally located at a site of an old paper factory in the Plaza Loreto of San Angel somewhere in the southern part of the city. The previous building featured four separate rooms where each one was given a specific theme. In 2011, a new building was constructed which now houses the museum’s main collection. This new building was constructed in the northern part of Mexico City.
New Museo Soumaya Building
The new museum building reflects the distinct and unique taste of Carlos Slim when it comes to art and design. The new museum building was designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero. Incidentally, Romero was a husband to one of Carlos Slim’s daughters. The new museum building was engineered by Ove Arup and Frank Gehry.
The Museo Soumaya is designed in a unique manner, looking like a silver cloud-like structure. It stands 46 meters or 151 feet high with a total of six floors. It covers a total area of 16,000 square meters or 170,000 square feet. The shiny exterior of the museum is made out of 16,000 hexagonal aluminum tiles.
Other notable features of the Museo Soumaya building is a top floor with a roof that opens up to illuminate the interiors with natural sunlight during daytime. The entire weight of the building is being held by an exoskeleton that is made from 28 curved steel vertical columns with 7 beams encircling the structure. The new building was first opened to the public in March 28, 2011.