Museo Jumex in Mexico City has been placed on the final shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ inaugural global architecture award, the RIBA International Prize. Hundreds of entries from 50 countries were considered, with an initial shortlist of 30 including three of David Chipperfield Architects’ buildings, Moganshan Road, Saint Louis Art Museum and Museo Jumex. Today it has been announced that both the latter are among 21 buildings to receive an RIBA International Award for Excellence, with Museo Jumex one of six to be further considered for the ultimate RIBA International Prize.
A Grand Jury will visit the shortlisted projects in the coming weeks with the final winner being announced on Thursday 24 November. The jury includes Philip Gumuchdjian, founder of Gumuchdjian Architects and Chair of RIBA Awards, Billie Tsien, founding partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Kunlé Adeyemi, founder and principal of NLÉ, Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Fine Arts, and will be chaired by Lord Richard Rogers.
The Museo Jumex houses part of the Colección Jumex, one of the largest private art collections in Latin America. Defined by its tight, triangular plot, the ground level opens up to the city. Clad in locally sourced travertine the building is crowned by a distinctive sawtooth roof that brings natural light into the top floor galleries.
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