estudio MMX infuses the new geology museum in Mexico with references to Mayan architecture

Estudio MMX Museum of Progressive Geology

Designed by Estudio MMX, the new Geology Museum in the municipality of Progreso, on the coast of that of Mexico The Yucatán peninsula is entirely covered with chukum, a natural finish of Mayan origin. Consisting of multiple structures, corridors, gardens and fountains, the ensemble combines the ideas of Mayan architecture with the colonial legacy of urban design, while light, shade and greenery blend to create a rich experiential character.

“The museum consciously synthesizes local Mayan knowledge with contemporary architectural approaches, thus generating a new identifiable and appropriable public space for the people of Progreso.” shares the Mexican study.


the Progreso Museum of Geology is configured as a square made up of multiple structures, corridors, gardens

all images courtesy of Dane Alonso

a ‘cultural element and public space’ in a single project

The new Museum of Geology by Estudio MMX is conceived as a ‘cultural element and public space’ in a single project. The result sees a closed square arranged on the sides of a central corridor, through which visitors can both access the interior spaces and cross the site accompanied by gardens and fountains. Two large elevated gardens flank the corners of the square, allowing you to walk along the slopes and enjoy new views at different heights. The use of triangular shapes is evident throughout the complex, in the form of cutouts and large skylights that help illuminate the half-open structure. Light, shade and greenery shine, giving the square a new character reminiscent of Mayan architecture and the city’s colonial legacy.

The museum, which occupies the south-east corner of the square, consists of eight exhibition volumes that can be divided into two larger areas. One houses the permanent exhibition, while the other serves as a multipurpose space where various events and temporary exhibitions can be organized. Adjacent to both volumes are the offices, a space for research and cataloging rooms, and a warehouse. The materiality of the museum, entirely covered with chukum, ‘a natural finish of Mayan origin’ like the architects call it, it guarantees its durability and low maintenance costs.

estudio MMX infuses the new geology museum in Mexico with references to Mayan architecture
the museum synthesizes local Mayan knowledge with contemporary architectural approaches

estudio MMX infuses the new geology museum in Mexico with references to Mayan architecture
visitors can walk through the premises through walks with gardens and fountains

estudio MMX infuses the new geology museum in Mexico with references to Mayan architecture
light, shadow and vegetation accompany the visitors who walk through the whole

estudio MMX infuses the new geology museum in Mexico with references to Mayan architecture
the structure is entirely covered in chukum, a natural finish of Mayan origin

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