Pabellón Nacional de la Biodiversidad

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Cultural
  • Company/Firm
    Fernanda Ahumada + FR-EE
  • Lead Designer
    Fernanda Ahumada, Fernando Romero
  • Design Team
    Karen García Villegas, Christiane Salem, Francisco Román, Alejandro Marin
  • Architect
    Fernanda Ahumada + FR-EE
  • Lighting Designer
  • Const. Company
    Fundación Carlos Slim
  • Photographer Credit
    César Belio, Mariola Soberón
  • Location
    Mexico City
  • Client
  • Project Date
    June 13th, 2022
  • Project Link

The National Biodiversity Pavilion was designed to grow and conserve the archives of the Institute of Biology UNAM, as well as to create thematic laboratories for the scientific study of the largest collection of extinct species in Latin America.

The architectural concept proposes a radiating pattern that arises from the interpretation of the Tree of Life and the idea that every living being is connected. The stairs, located in the center of the building, represent the double helix of DNA — the molecule that contains the genetic makeup of all living things and the source of every species on the planet—. This core of vertical circulations is an element that connects the different spaces of the pavilion: exhibition halls, archives, and laboratories, and makes functional the project.

For connecting the project directly to the site, we create 360-degree panoramic views to the natural landscape through its double façade of glass and multi-perforated aluminum that opens and closes in the form of waves to offer views and natural lighting. The result is a façade made up of thousands of 30x20 cm aluminum modules that move with the wind.