30 Sites Every Architect Should Visit in Mexico City

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 30 Sites Every Architect Should Visit in Mexico City

April 20, 2017
Though the idea of a vacation in Mexico usually brings to mind images of margaritas on white-sand beaches, it seems the country is slowly but surely gaining recognition in other aspects as well. Among the most populated urban cities in Latin America and the world – not to mention The New York Times' number one "Place to Go in 2016" – Mexico City offers a particular cultural diversity evident both in its traditions and in its architecture. Considering it's the main tourist, educational, cultural, economic and political center of Mexico, it makes sense that it's the perfect scenario for the social encounters of its multicultural inhabitants and tourists.The sites of architectural interest alone are worth the visit, with prehispanic, classic, modern and contemporary examples ranging from Juan O'Gorman and Luis Barragán to Felix Candela and David Chipperfield. Add to that the fact that its gastronomic scene has garnered much praise and attention in recent years, and you've got a perfect combo. Below is a carefully curated list of 30 sites that every architect should know and visit.

(Disclaimer: though roughly half the links direct to our Spanish site, the pictures are worth the click, we promise!)

01. Ciudad Universitaria / Mario Pani + Enrique del Moral - Biblioteca Central / Juan O´Gorman

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Address: Avenida Universidad 3000

02. Casa Barragán / Luis Barragán

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Address: General Francisco Ramírez 12-14

03. Casa Gilardi / Luis Barragán

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Address: Calle General Antonio León 82

04. Casa O´Gorman / Juan O´Gorman

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Address: Calle Diego Rivera & Avenida Altavista

05. Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo / Juan O´Gorman

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Address: Calle Diego Rivera & Avenida Altavista

06. Torre Latinoamericana / Augusto H. Álvarez

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Address: Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2

07. Museo de Antropología / Pedro Ramirez Vázquez, Rafael Mijares, Jorge Campuzano

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Address: Avenida Paseo de la Reforma & Calzada Mahatma Gandhi

08. Museo del Templo Mayor / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez y Jorge Ramírez Campuzan

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Address: Acceso desde Plaza Seminario, Zócalo

09. Palacio de Bellas Artes / Adamo Boari - Federico Ernesto Mariscal Piña

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Address: Avenida Juárez & Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas

10. Monumento a la Revolución /  Carlos Obregón Santacilia

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Address: Plaza de la República s/n

11. Plaza de las Tres Culturas

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Address: Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas & Avenida Ricardo Flores Magón

12. Torre Insignia / Mario Pani

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Address: Avenida Ricardo Flores Magón & Avenida Insurgentes Norte

13. Los Manantiales / Félix Candela

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Address: Calle 27, 60, Xochimilco

14. Jose Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach

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Address: Eje 1 Norte Mosqueta & Calle Juan Aldama

15. Palmas 555 / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

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Address: Paseo de Las Palmas 555

16. Museo Tamayo / Abraham Zabludovsky & Teodoro Gonzalez

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Address: Paseo de la Reforma 51

17. Reforma 27 / Alberto Kalach

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Address: Paseo de la Reforma 27

18. Museo Jumex / David Chipperfield Architects

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Address: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303

19. Museo Soumaya / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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Address: Boulevard Cervantes Saavedra esq. Presa Falcón

20. Cineteca Nacional Siglo XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Address: Avenida México Coyoacán 389

21. Casa Azul - Museo Frida Kahlo

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Address: Londres 247

22. Elena Garro Cultural Center / Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

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Address: Calle Fernández Leal 43

23. "Los Clubes" - Cuadra San Cristóbal y Fuente de los Amantes / Luis Barragán

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Address: Manantial Oriente 20, Atizapán de Zaragoza

24. Torres de Satélite / Mathias Goeritz en colaboración con Luis Barragán

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Address: Perif. Boulervard Manuel Ávila Camacho & Paseo de la Primavera

25. Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México

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Address: Plaza de la Constitución S/N

26. Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

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Address: Calzada de los Misterios & Zumarraga

27. Torre BBVA Bancomer / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Address: Paseo de la Reforma & Lieja

28. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

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Address: Justo Sierra 16

29. Castillo de Chapultepec

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Address: Bosque de Chapultepec / Acceso por Paseo de la Reforma

30. Museo de Anahuacalli / Diego Rivera

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Address: Museo 150

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