The award-winning Museo Soumaya is located in Mexico City’s cultural and commercial district, the Plaza Carso. Seen from above, its shape resembles a rhombus or diamond. From the side, it looks like an exaggerated top hat without the brim.
The exterior shine and pattern comes from 16,000 hexagonal steel pieces. The design was inspired by colonial ceramic-tiled building facades. Its appearance changes depending on weather, time of day, and angle it is viewed from.
Inside the museum, visitors will find the world’s largest private collection of Rodin sculptures as well as a private art collection of nearly 70,000 works.
The top floor features an open exhibition hall with natural light. Also inside are an auditorium with 350 seats, library, restaurant, and offices.
It was designed by FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise), a leading architecture firm with offices in New York and Mexico City.