Palacio de Lecumberri by Rojkind Arquitectos


Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Mexican firm Rojkind Arquitectos created  this design for the restoration of the National Archive Museum in Mexico City, located in a former prison.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Their design for the Palacio de Lecumberri, which has been dedicated to the National Archive since 1980, would involve using the former penitentiary's Panopticon structure, with cells radiating out from watch towers.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

A new, star-shaped structure would be built around the existing building and the garden area expanded to three times the present size.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Rojkind Arquitectos created the proposal for a competition to redesign the National Archive Museum, which was won by at 103 of Mexico.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Here's more information from Rojkind Arquitectos:

Over the years, this building’s long and controversial history has undergone several transformations in order to adapt the property to the uses that were required by the changing times; it was conceived in 1882, built a few years later and expanded in 1910.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

The most obvious intervention, and probably the one that saved the structure from being dismantled, was the transformation begun in 1982 to house the National Archive.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

The building is literally an old canvas, which has been painted over on several occasions. The proposal emphasizes the restoration of a building that preserves the nineteenth-century ideas of a vanguard prison, applying the Panopticon provisions proposed by Lorenzo de la Hidalga and reinterpreted by Antonio Torres and Antonio M. Torrija Anza (1882/6-1910), recovering some of the original dimensions of the project, respecting the transcendent intervention and adding a contemporary print.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

The idea of rescuing the Panopticon reflects the need to give the museum a clear outline site that visitors can observe as part of the history of Mexican society, keeping the most evocative spaces free from distractions.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

In order to accommodate the spaces with the absolute correctness defined in the program for the site museum, we proposed to use the residual spaces - those that are not part of the original star - in order to accommodate the units, removing them from the spatial sector, with the purpose of allowing a clear reading of the original building.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

To achieve this, we would need to excavate the perimeter; preserving, rescuing and consolidating the relevant remains. To preserve the integrity of the proposal while protecting the palimpsest, the excavated areas are wrapped, respecting the important traces, taking advantage of the areas for the new use of the building and greatly expanding the botanical display surfaces.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

The spacious garden, now three times bigger on the surface area, will be closely linked to the perception and contrast of the bays, creating a contrast of the cell sites with the magnificent gardens. This design provides enough topsoil for planting and growing representative and important species for the preservation of diversity.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos


Team: Michel Rojkind Halpert (Design Principal) Gerardo Salinas Van Orman (Principal)

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Project Team: Alonso de la Fuente Obregón

Rafael Cedillo Sánchez Daniela Bustamante Quiroz Yasser R. Salomón Espinoza Alejandro Argumedo Reyes Carlos A. Ríos Limón Tere Levy Chomer Andrea León Cruz Monique Rojkind Halpert Filiberta Cervantes Sanluis

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Arquitectural Historian Consultant: Rafael Ricardo Fierro Gossman

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Museography Consultant: Patrick Gallagher

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Urban Planner: Arturo Ortíz Struck

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Design Computational Consultants: Kokkugia; Roland Snooks, Robert Stuart Smith, Faysal Tabbara, Tyson Hosmer

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Structural Engineer: Studio NYL; Chris O’hara, Julian Lineham

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Physical Model: A. Hazael Ortiz, Ramos Crystaline L.A.

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Industrial Design: AGENT; Alberto Villareal Bello Víctor López Alemán Isaac Smeke Jaber Enrique Fernández de la Barrera

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Graphic Design: Fhilipp Navarro García Ernesto Moncada

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

Lecumberri by Rojkind Architectos

See also:


Museo Casa de la Memoria in Columbia Women at War museum
for the UK
Converted prison
in Chile

Posted on Wednesday November 3rd 2010 at 11:52 am by Laura Chan. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Starchitect

    It didn't look it a first, however it seems to be a very well thought out scheme.

    Insert standard dezeen comment "I feel sorry for the contractors"

    But with today's technology, and taking construction inspiration from Zaha Hadid you'll be onto a winner!

    Good job Rojkind!

  • neko

    sigh….computer designed architecture.

    the scale of that plaza in the first couple of shots is absolutely dreadful.

  • isla

    michel your music was really goodc, it was much more elegant and soft, this is soooo agressive

  • Memo

    No wonder why Rojkind didn´t won the proposal, that central pod for the star shaped building looks like Zaha's copycat and the rest doesn't seems to work out in function or style for Lecumberri's internal environment

  • el chompiras

    I love it,aggressive,modern

    But this is official?

  • sriverag

    Can the Mexican government afford this? Should they spending on this?

  • jin

    Oy! It seems like you just need a young staff with computer skills and enough money to outsource renderings to get publicity these days. And I have yet to see any consistency, direction or discourse come from this firms work. It's all very uninspiring…..

  • anonimo

    rojkind lost year with this project very badly managed

  • michelsmag

    it's just so bad, looks like a cheap vacuum cleaner design… I really hope it doesn't get built

  • Edgar Navarro

    Mexico has over 30 years of delay on ideas about space …. i hope someday this may change . . . most of mexican architects are still on posmodernism , pastiche and boring boxes …