Museum of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (MADU)

The Museum of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism (MADU) houses a private collection of art, design, and urbanism in Mexico City. The museum was conceived as a sculptural community pavilion, blending harmoniously with its park surroundings while at the same time giving the unique collection a distinct presence.

The form of the building is derived from its structural engineering design and construction strategy. Undulating concrete slabs are stacked so that the peaks of the lower curves connect with the valleys of the upper, opening organic spaces in a helicoidal organization.

Reflecting the nature of its collection—objects of a smaller scale— MADU comprises a variety of exhibition rooms set off a fluid, inclined circulation path at the building’s periphery.

Views to the outside characterize the overall experience and are controlled by a parametric skin made of recycled and recyclable materials, ensuring the construction is a sustainable one. The facade’s openings react to the solar orientation as well as providing the ideal amount of light for each room’s content.






2,854 m² / 30,720 ft²


Mexico City, Mexico






An integrated and sustainable program, structure and circulation solution with a continuous and flowing curatorial scenario for visitors and museum personnel.

A natural lighting strategy dictated the actual design of the building facade.



Fernando Romero, Sergio Rebelo, Leonidas Trampoukis, Ryan Kukuraitis, Kosuke Osawa, Liz Kelsey, Hector Romero, Prae Lorvidhaya, Juan Pedro Lopez, Julio Radesca, Wanning Ho, Markus R Schulte (ARUP), Raymond Quinn (ARUP).


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