Rojkind Arquitectos recently completed an incredible renovation of the Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute located just south of the capital city in Xoco. Although the renovation process included updating much of the existing building, the star of the project is a new futuristic aluminum canopy, which connects the older building to the adjacent public transport station. The expansive canopy that shades pedestrian traffic below is also equipped with a number of triangular perforations that permit natural light to flood the newly-created bustling community area.
The renovation process included installing extra cinema screens, an outdoor 750 seat amphitheater, additional storage vaults for the institute’s extensive film archive and a Latin American cinema museum. However, administrators of the film institute (now rebranded as the Cineteca Nacional Siglo XXI) contracted the architects to not only update the existing facilities and add more functional capability, but also reconfigure the surrounding exterior into a vibrant public space.
With the large open air canopy, students, administrators and visitors now have a social gathering area that doubles as the building’s lobby. The gleaming canopy slopes over the open space below, which contains four new screening rooms as well as a few shops and cafes. Architect Michel Rojkind explains, “We didn’t want it to feel like you’re in the lobby of a commercial cinema, we wanted it to feel more like a university campus, with everything floating in a park.”
Photography by Paul Rivera