Museo del Acero Monterrey, Horno Alto 3, Mexico

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Museo del Acero – Museum of Steel, Mexico – design by Grimshaw, architects

11 Oct 2017

Horno3: Museo del Acero, Monterrey

Horno3 10 year anniversary
Location: Parque Fundidora, Mexico

Architect: Grimshaw

It has been 10 years since one of Grimshaw’s most esteemed projects opened its doors; Horno3: Museo del Acero in Monterrey, Mexico. Over the past decade it has become a popular learning centre for science and technology, and stands tall as a monument to the city’s industrial heritage.

Horno3: Museo del Acero in Monterrey, Mexico

To celebrate the history of this project and the people who were so much a part of it, architects Grimshaw have produced a short film to capture the story.

Horno3: Museo del Acero from Grimshaw on Vimeo.

Designed in and around Horno Alto #3, Museo del Acero is one of three original blast furnaces in Monterrey’s Parque Fundidora. Grimshaw adapted the building to create a world-class museum, adding 97,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition space comprising a historical steel gallery; contemporary steel gallery; ‘Furnace Show’ exhibit; teaching rooms; and a restaurant.

Horno3 Museo del Acero Monterrey

Exploring the possibilities of steel is a key design feature, and the tessellated roof over the steel gallery demonstrates how steel sheet material can be transformed into structurally rigid forms by complex faceting.

A centrepiece of the museum is the striking yellow helical steel staircase with cantilevered treads, elegantly taking visitors along their journey. An exterior path offers a close-up inspection of the historical skeleton with its restored, rich original patina that offers a real glimpse into the roots and heritage of the foundry.

Looking back over the past 10 years, the Museo del Acero has become one of the most popular museums in Mexico with over 1.5 million visitors to date.

Horno3: Museo del Acero Monterrey information / images from Grimshaw Architects 101017

21 Feb 2008

Horno Alto 3 : Museo Del Acero Monterrey

Horno Alto #3

Location: Monterrey, Mexico

Architect: Grimshaw

Museo Del Acero Monterrey Museo Del Acero

Grimshaw’s adaptation of one of Monterrey’s most famous landmarks the Horno Alto #3, into a museum of steel celebrates the Mexican city’s industrial heritage. Formerly a working blast furnace, the reconceived building incorporates elements which showcase the most advanced methods of steel fabrication, including a tessellated steel plate roof and a single-span helical stair with cantilevering treads.

The museum opened in September 2007 to coincide with the city’s hosting of the International Forum of Cultures. The transformation from industrial behemoth to museum was celebrated with an opening event where the museum was officially inaugurated by José Natividad González Parás, Governor of the state of Nuevo León.

Museo del Acero Monterrey information / images from Grimshaw Architects 210208

Museo del Acero Mexico design : Grimshaw

Address: Av. Fundidora y Adolfo Prieto, Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, N.L., 64010 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
Phone: +52 81 8126 1100

Location:Museo del Acero, Monterrey, Mexico

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