Seeing Mexico City, Guided by Architects

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Seeing Mexico City, Guided by Architects
Museo Soumaya, the city’s most famous new piece of architecture / © Alexandre Meneghini for The New York Times

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Seeing Mexico City, Guided by Architects
Museo Soumaya, the city’s most famous new piece of architecture / © Alexandre Meneghini for The New York Times

When you first arrive in Mexico City, your senses are overwhelmed by the sheer size and the never-ending hum of activity. Choosing a focal point can be exhausting. Every facet of the city seems as important as the next.

If you’re an architecture enthusiast, this feeling is multiplied twofold. Every building, no matter how undistinguished its lineage, tries to show itself off. The cityscape is a wonderland of blazing colors, mismatched windows, projecting planes, bold facade graphics, wacky patterning, stray ornaments and unexpected textures. […]

My solution was to take a guided tour. But not just any tour. My entire itinerary would be shaped by two talented, famous 40-somethings who represent a new guard of starchitects in Mexico: Fernando Romero and Michel Rojkind. They would lead me and two friends through a collection of new and old galleries, museums, neighborhoods, institutions and restaurants, as well as buildings of their own designs, to give me a sense of what stands out to Mexico City architects when they turn their gaze toward home. […]

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