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Toyo Ito's Museo Internacional del Barroco photographed by Edmund Sumner

These new images by British photographer Edmund Sumner show the fluted concrete structure of the Museo Internacional del Barroco in Mexico, which is designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito.

White concrete walls curl around a courtyard at the centre of the museum, which hosts a collection of baroque art ranging from painting and sculpture to fashion and architecture.

Galleries set behind the fluted walls are arranged around this courtyard, which features a pool of water that mimics the shape of a fried egg.

The museum is surrounded by a crescent-shaped pond and located on the edge of the Metropolitan Park in the city of Puebla.

Permanent collections are spread across eight themed galleries, which aim to show baroque's influence on different areas of the arts.

The 18,000-square-metre building also features a mezzanine level linked to ground-floor galleries by a dramatic, curving staircase.

Upstairs, there are offices, research and education rooms, and a library. The museum also hosts a terrace and restaurant serving a baroque-inspired menu.

The Pritzker Prize-winning Ito based the design on key aspects of the 17th-century baroque movement, which saw artists breaking away from the rigid rules imposed by the Renaissance period.

He employed curving concrete slabs to hint at this new-found sense of fluidity, and introduced a series of circular skylights to recreate the shadowy scenes common in baroque painting.

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