Soumaya Museum in Mexico city
The Museo Soumaya is a private museum in Mexico City in a large mixed-use development area, Plaza Carso in Nuevo Polanco. The building is a 46-metre high six story building covered by 16,000 hexagonal aluminum tiles. The new building was designed by the Mexican architect Fernando Romero and engineered with Ove Arup and Frank Gehry.
The museum has a narrow entrance that opens into a large white gallery. The top floor of the building is opened so that it is illuminated by sunlight during the daytime. In addition to the art galleries, the new building contains a library, restaurant, and an 350-seat auditorium.
Each of the six floors of the museum are distinctly shaped. The weight of the building is upheld by an exoskeleton of 28 curved steel vertical columns and seven beams encircling the structure built by a Slim owned company that manufactures offshore oil rigs. In addition, the roof is kept stable through its suspension from a cantilever. The floors are made of high quality marble that was imported from Greece.