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Friday, February 21, 2020

Palace for Mexican Music in Mérida

The firms Alejandro Medina Arquitectura, Reyes Ríos + Larraín arquitectos, Muñoz arquitectos, and Quesnel arquitectos have together raised this building in the historic center of Mérida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Respecting the architectural heritage around, the volume, language, and choice of materials were decided on after a process of proposals and consensuses carried out with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). With a built area of 8,800 square meters, the complex presents two main volumes which are partly suspended over street level, and which connect in the basement and higher levels. The latter are divided into two parts: a base of plaques of regional limestone and an upper surface clad with smaller stone pieces, fixed to a ventilated facade system. In a play of lights and shadows, the perforations of the facades represent some of the notes of the popular Mexican song by Amando Manzanero, Esta tarde vi llover (English versión: Yesterday I Heard the Rain).

The construction contains the interactive-multimedia museum of popular Mexican music and a concert hall with capacity for 430 people. A national audio library is in the works. Finally, the rooftop is a terrace for open-air events and a viewing deck over the city.

At street level the building allows free pedestrian circulation. The new public building seeks to revitalize the zone through a carefully thought out composition and urban and architectural presence.
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