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You will soon be able to consult the complete Archivo collection, including our permanent design Collection and our Library.

Archivo is the only space in Mexico dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and rethinking design and architecture.

Archivo is focused on researching and advocating design, as well as in exploring its history and evolution, questioning its principles, and exploiting its potential as a tool for everyday transformation.

Through our permanent collection—consisting of 1,800 objects, a specialized library, and a dynamic program of research, exhibitions, and activities, Archivo has established itself as a pioneering space and an essential reference for design and architecture in Mexico and abroad.

 

VISIT US
General Francisco Ramírez 4
Ampliación Daniel Garza
Mexico City
11840

HOURS

Tuesday – Friday
10 am – 6 pm
Saturday
10 am – 2 pm

COST

free admission

TRANSPORT

metro
Constituyentes
metrobus
Parque Lira
Ecobici
Múzquiz 188

GUIDED TOURS

make an appointment by e-mail or telephone
CONTACT US

general

e-mail
info@archivo.design
phone
+52 (55) 2614 1063

DIRECTOR & CURATOR

Mario
Ballesteros

ASSISTANT CURATORS

Pedro
Ceñal Murga
Alejandro
Olávarri

LIBRARY AND STORE

Adriana
Aguilar
FOLLOW US

SOCIAL

NEWSLETTER

PRESS MATERIALS

FAQS

RESEARCH

Our collection is a resource that we extend to all public as a research tool. You can consult it in the Open Archive in our normal schedule. For the library, we recommend that you make an appointment by sending us an email where you specify the topics you are looking for.

VOLUNTEERING

Archivo seeks volunteers all year. If you are passionate about design and want to be part of the team, check our programs here.

EVENTS

We rent our space to carry out private or public events. Send your proposal to info@archivo.design

WEB CREDITS

design: Alejandro Olávarri
realization: dupla.mx

WHY ARCHIVO?

Archivo is not your typical archive. Instead of simply organizing and preserving documents that are only accessible to specialists, we want to produce new readings, perspectives, and ideas regarding material culture in its broadest sense, without restricting ourselves to categorical definitions or expert knowledge.

We are not a repository of records and documents, but of artifacts, testimonies, activations, and any sort of exploration about design. Archivo is an open archive: our storage rooms are accessible and our catalog is open; we share our resources, and we make our processes public.

We see Archivo as the raw material for learning and experimenting with design and architecture, a source of inspiration for designers, where curiosity, knowledge, and critical thought are instilled.

 

HOW DOES ARCHIVO WORK?

Archivo reasserts the relevance of design in our daily lives. We are pioneers in researching and exhibiting design in Mexico and we offer a unique study collection of everyday design. We’ve broken down our SPACE and work into three areas of activity:

 

  1. COLLECTING design:

From our foundation, Archivo has focused on acquiring, cataloging, and preserving a permanent collection of popular and industrial design as well as limited edition objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. Convinced that there is a difference between interacting with an object and seeing a representation of it in a book or website, we decided to open our archive in 2016, through Archivo Abierto—our open storage, consultation, and exhibition area, allowing anyone to see our collection up close and to interact with the pieces.

The other half of our permanent collection is the Archivo library, which specializes in architecture, art, and design. It is divided into two: the Personal Collection of Enrique del Moral (CEM) and the Archivo Collection (CAD). Both can be perused in our Reading Room.

You can also explore our entire collections (both the object collection and the library) in our online catalogue.

 

  1. EXHIBITING design:

Design and architecture are meant to be used and experienced, not displayed in a museum or gallery space. So, how and why do we exhibit design?

For Archivo, the answer to this question changes and adapts as time pases and according to different scenarios, but we generally believe that the practice of exhibiting design is important to rediscover histories, make processes public, and to go beyond the surface of a finished product. Our purpose is to strip design from any sense of mystery trying to tie it to a broader discussion regarding cultural and collective processes.

Our exhibitions delve into these concerns and attempt to push their boundaries: they question the nature of authorship in design and the relevance of process; they reveal the engineering logics behind a common artifact or blur the object-based focus of design; they reactivate historical memories, and seek to redefine the relationship between design and contemporary life in Mexico.

You can explore a complete history of our past exhibitions, learn more about our current shows, or discover the ones we have planned for the future.

 

  1. RETHINKING design:

Archivo seeks to inspire and encourage people to think design in non-traditional ways, to break disciplinary boundaries, and to create a broader view of the practice and its contexts, processes, histories, uses, and impacts.

Archivo is both a practical and educational resource for students and professionals, as well as a space that introduces a broader audience to design and material culture.

We generate and promote original and informed perspectives through a range of formats that are accessible to everyone: research projects and publications, opinion pieces, workshops and collaborations, and even informal gatherings and other kinds of activities.

HOW CAN YOU USE ARCHIVO?

Archivo is an exhibition space, as well as a research and gathering space; entrance is free of charge and open to the public. We want you to visit Archivo, but we especially want you to use Archivo. We want you to see our exhibitions and spend the day reading our books in the Reading Room or in the garden, having a coffee. We invite you to use our archive for your research or school project, or to participate in one of our conversations and workshops.

We may be a small, independent space, but we offer a considerable variety of resources and activities, as well as an ambitious program, and original, quality cultural offerings.

You can collaborate with Archivo through our volunteer program. If you are part of the design community in Mexico and you have a project or a collaboration proposal that involves Archivo, you can also contact us.

Sometimes we offer spaces for private events. If you are interested in hosting a photo shoot, a book launch, a dinner or a private event in Archivo, you can request information through our e-mail: info@archivo.design.

THE STREET

Archivo is the only space in Mexico dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and rethinking design and architecture.

Archivo is focused on researching and advocating design, as well as in exploring its history and evolution, questioning its principles, and exploiting its potential as a tool for everyday transformation.

Through our permanent collection—consisting of 1,800 objects, a specialized library, and a dynamic program of research, exhibitions, and activities, Archivo has established itself as a pioneering space and an essential reference for design and architecture in Mexico and abroad.

 

WHY ARCHIVO?

Archivo is not your typical archive. Instead of simply organizing and preserving documents that are only accessible to specialists, we want to produce new readings, perspectives, and ideas regarding material culture in its broadest sense, without restricting ourselves to categorical definitions or expert knowledge.

We are not a repository of records and documents, but of artifacts, testimonies, activations, and any sort of exploration about design. Archivo is an open archive: our storage rooms are accessible and our catalog is open; we share our resources, and we make our processes public.

We see Archivo as the raw material for learning and experimenting with design and architecture, a source of inspiration for designers, where curiosity, knowledge, and critical thought are instilled.

 

HOW DOES ARCHIVO WORK?

Archivo reasserts the relevance of design in our daily lives. We are pioneers in researching and exhibiting design in Mexico and we offer a unique study collection of everyday design. We’ve broken down our SPACE and work into three areas of activity:

 

  1. COLLECTING design:

From our foundation, Archivo has focused on acquiring, cataloging, and preserving a permanent collection of popular and industrial design as well as limited edition objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. Convinced that there is a difference between interacting with an object and seeing a representation of it in a book or website, we decided to open our archive in 2016, through Archivo Abierto—our open storage, consultation, and exhibition area, allowing anyone to see our collection up close and to interact with the pieces.

The other half of our permanent collection is the Archivo library, which specializes in architecture, art, and design. It is divided into two: the Personal Collection of Enrique del Moral (CEM) and the Archivo Collection (CAD). Both can be perused in our Reading Room.

You can also explore our entire collections (both the object collection and the library) in our online catalogue.

 

  1. EXHIBITING design:

Design and architecture are meant to be used and experienced, not displayed in a museum or gallery space. So, how and why do we exhibit design?

For Archivo, the answer to this question changes and adapts as time pases and according to different scenarios, but we generally believe that the practice of exhibiting design is important to rediscover histories, make processes public, and to go beyond the surface of a finished product. Our purpose is to strip design from any sense of mystery trying to tie it to a broader discussion regarding cultural and collective processes.

Our exhibitions delve into these concerns and attempt to push their boundaries: they question the nature of authorship in design and the relevance of process; they reveal the engineering logics behind a common artifact or blur the object-based focus of design; they reactivate historical memories, and seek to redefine the relationship between design and contemporary life in Mexico.

You can explore a complete history of our past exhibitions, learn more about our current shows, or discover the ones we have planned for the future.

 

  1. RETHINKING design:

Archivo seeks to inspire and encourage people to think design in non-traditional ways, to break disciplinary boundaries, and to create a broader view of the practice and its contexts, processes, histories, uses, and impacts.

Archivo is both a practical and educational resource for students and professionals, as well as a space that introduces a broader audience to design and material culture.

We generate and promote original and informed perspectives through a range of formats that are accessible to everyone: research projects and publications, opinion pieces, workshops and collaborations, and even informal gatherings and other kinds of activities.

HOW CAN YOU USE ARCHIVO?

Archivo is an exhibition space, as well as a research and gathering space; entrance is free of charge and open to the public. We want you to visit Archivo, but we especially want you to use Archivo. We want you to see our exhibitions and spend the day reading our books in the Reading Room or in the garden, having a coffee. We invite you to use our archive for your research or school project, or to participate in one of our conversations and workshops.

We may be a small, independent space, but we offer a considerable variety of resources and activities, as well as an ambitious program, and original, quality cultural offerings.

You can collaborate with Archivo through our volunteer program. If you are part of the design community in Mexico and you have a project or a collaboration proposal that involves Archivo, you can also contact us.

Sometimes we offer spaces for private events. If you are interested in hosting a photo shoot, a book launch, a dinner or a private event in Archivo, you can request information through our e-mail: info@archivo.design.

Search

You will soon be able to consult the complete Archivo collection, including our permanent design Collection and our Library.

Archivo is the only space in Mexico dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and rethinking design and architecture.

Archivo is focused on researching and advocating design, as well as in exploring its history and evolution, questioning its principles, and exploiting its potential as a tool for everyday transformation.

Through our permanent collection—consisting of 1,800 objects, a specialized library, and a dynamic program of research, exhibitions, and activities, Archivo has established itself as a pioneering space and an essential reference for design and architecture in Mexico and abroad.

 

VISIT US
General Francisco Ramírez 4
Ampliación Daniel Garza
Mexico City
11840

HOURS

Tuesday – Friday
10 am – 6 pm
Saturday
10 am – 2 pm

COST

free admission

TRANSPORT

metro
Constituyentes
metrobus
Parque Lira
Ecobici
Múzquiz 188

GUIDED TOURS

make an appointment by e-mail or telephone
CONTACT US

general

e-mail
info@archivo.design
phone
+52 (55) 2614 1063

DIRECTOR & CURATOR

Mario
Ballesteros

ASSISTANT CURATORS

Pedro
Ceñal Murga
Alejandro
Olávarri

LIBRARY AND STORE

Adriana
Aguilar
FOLLOW US

SOCIAL

NEWSLETTER

PRESS MATERIALS

FAQS

RESEARCH

Our collection is a resource that we extend to all public as a research tool. You can consult it in the Open Archive in our normal schedule. For the library, we recommend that you make an appointment by sending us an email where you specify the topics you are looking for.

VOLUNTEERING

Archivo seeks volunteers all year. If you are passionate about design and want to be part of the team, check our programs here.

EVENTS

We rent our space to carry out private or public events. Send your proposal to info@archivo.design

WEB CREDITS

design: Alejandro Olávarri
realization: dupla.mx

WHY ARCHIVO?

Archivo is not your typical archive. Instead of simply organizing and preserving documents that are only accessible to specialists, we want to produce new readings, perspectives, and ideas regarding material culture in its broadest sense, without restricting ourselves to categorical definitions or expert knowledge.

We are not a repository of records and documents, but of artifacts, testimonies, activations, and any sort of exploration about design. Archivo is an open archive: our storage rooms are accessible and our catalog is open; we share our resources, and we make our processes public.

We see Archivo as the raw material for learning and experimenting with design and architecture, a source of inspiration for designers, where curiosity, knowledge, and critical thought are instilled.

 

HOW DOES ARCHIVO WORK?

Archivo reasserts the relevance of design in our daily lives. We are pioneers in researching and exhibiting design in Mexico and we offer a unique study collection of everyday design. We’ve broken down our SPACE and work into three areas of activity:

 

  1. COLLECTING design:

From our foundation, Archivo has focused on acquiring, cataloging, and preserving a permanent collection of popular and industrial design as well as limited edition objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. Convinced that there is a difference between interacting with an object and seeing a representation of it in a book or website, we decided to open our archive in 2016, through Archivo Abierto—our open storage, consultation, and exhibition area, allowing anyone to see our collection up close and to interact with the pieces.

The other half of our permanent collection is the Archivo library, which specializes in architecture, art, and design. It is divided into two: the Personal Collection of Enrique del Moral (CEM) and the Archivo Collection (CAD). Both can be perused in our Reading Room.

You can also explore our entire collections (both the object collection and the library) in our online catalogue.

 

  1. EXHIBITING design:

Design and architecture are meant to be used and experienced, not displayed in a museum or gallery space. So, how and why do we exhibit design?

For Archivo, the answer to this question changes and adapts as time pases and according to different scenarios, but we generally believe that the practice of exhibiting design is important to rediscover histories, make processes public, and to go beyond the surface of a finished product. Our purpose is to strip design from any sense of mystery trying to tie it to a broader discussion regarding cultural and collective processes.

Our exhibitions delve into these concerns and attempt to push their boundaries: they question the nature of authorship in design and the relevance of process; they reveal the engineering logics behind a common artifact or blur the object-based focus of design; they reactivate historical memories, and seek to redefine the relationship between design and contemporary life in Mexico.

You can explore a complete history of our past exhibitions, learn more about our current shows, or discover the ones we have planned for the future.

 

  1. RETHINKING design:

Archivo seeks to inspire and encourage people to think design in non-traditional ways, to break disciplinary boundaries, and to create a broader view of the practice and its contexts, processes, histories, uses, and impacts.

Archivo is both a practical and educational resource for students and professionals, as well as a space that introduces a broader audience to design and material culture.

We generate and promote original and informed perspectives through a range of formats that are accessible to everyone: research projects and publications, opinion pieces, workshops and collaborations, and even informal gatherings and other kinds of activities.

HOW CAN YOU USE ARCHIVO?

Archivo is an exhibition space, as well as a research and gathering space; entrance is free of charge and open to the public. We want you to visit Archivo, but we especially want you to use Archivo. We want you to see our exhibitions and spend the day reading our books in the Reading Room or in the garden, having a coffee. We invite you to use our archive for your research or school project, or to participate in one of our conversations and workshops.

We may be a small, independent space, but we offer a considerable variety of resources and activities, as well as an ambitious program, and original, quality cultural offerings.

You can collaborate with Archivo through our volunteer program. If you are part of the design community in Mexico and you have a project or a collaboration proposal that involves Archivo, you can also contact us.

Sometimes we offer spaces for private events. If you are interested in hosting a photo shoot, a book launch, a dinner or a private event in Archivo, you can request information through our e-mail: info@archivo.design.

THE STREET

Despite being a tranquil street in the heart of the city, General Francisco Ramírez provides  exceptional cultural offerings, including the Casa Estudio Luis Barragán, the most visited architectural spot in Mexico City, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Archivo is located in General Francisco Ramírez, a calm street in what used to be the neighborhood of Tacubaya on land that was part of the Rancho de la Providencia until the end of the 19th century. The plot was purchased by Luis Barragán at the end of 1930. Divided by Calzada de Madereros (currently Avenida Constituyentes) and Calle del Chorrito (currently Parque Lira), it is said that Barragán was fascinated by its ancient sand and limestone mines extracted by the conquistadors to fill the channels of Tenochtitlan in colonial times. Barragán was also intrigued by its dramatic hollows and slopes created on the land that inspired the landscape for the gardens in this street and the architecture of Casa Ortega (#20) and his home (#12-14).

 

From this period onwards, the presence of Barragán on General Francisco Ramírez has attracted other architects to this street. Enrique del Moral built his own house in #5 of the same street (currently the gallery Labor) and Diego Villaseñor had his studio in #11. Recently, Juan Carral built a modest, yet notably well done studio/apartment building in #43. Finally, following the original project of Barragán, one of the gardens and his very own studio was just restored and now hosts a cultural space, Jardín 18–a project by Alberto Kalach.

 

 

 

LABOR

Jorge Satorre, Un tema moral moderno, decorar el agujero
photo: Daniela Uribe
Etienne Chambaud, INCOMPLIT
foto: Ramiro Chaves, 2016
Gala Porras-Kim, An Index and its settings
foto: Ramiro Chaves, 2017
Pablo Vargas Lugo, Ovipositor
photo: Ramiro Chaves, 2017
street number
5
what
Labor
year of construction:
1958
architect
Enrique del Moral

LABOR is created in 2009 by Pamela Echeverría. The gallery, based in Mexico City, works with artists whose creative processes are based around scientific, political and sociological research. Each year LABOR presents five exhibitions. Four of them focus on artists represented by the gallery, the fifth exhibition represents the joint vision of the gallery and the artists about the contemporary context.

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LUIS BARRAGÁN HOUSE AND STUDIO

photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
street number
12 - 14
what
House and Studio Luis Barragán
year of construction:
1947-1948
architect
Luis Barragán

The Luis Barragán House and Studio, built in 1948, represents one of the most important contemporary architectural works in the international context, as recognized by UNESCO when it was included in its list of World Heritage in 2004. It is the only individual property in Mexico that has achieved such distinction, because -as declared by UNESCO itself in its declaration- it is a masterpiece in the development of the modern movement, which integrates traditional and vernacular elements into a new synthesis, as well as diverse philosophical and artistic currents of all times- The influence of Luis Barragán in the world architecture continues to grow day by day, and his house, preserved with fidelity as the author lived until his death in 1988, is one of the sites most visited in Mexico City by architects and art connoisseurs from around the world. This museum, which includes the residence and architectural workshop of its creator, is owned by the Government of the State of Jalisco and the Tapatía Luis Barragán Architecture Foundation.

JARDÍN 17

photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
photo: Isela Muñoz
street number
17
what
Jardín 17
architect
Luis Barragán

Jardín 17, the former Barragán Workshops, located in General Francisco Ramírez 17, consists of a garden and a pavilion that Barragán used for various uses related to artistic and professional activities. Much more than a unitary installation, the studios are an architectural work that by its own right is inscribed in the catalog of the work of Luis Barragán. Garden and pavilion form an indissoluble unity of a rare beauty. The garden, original design by Luis Barragán, has recently been restored by architect Alberto Kalach. The Tapatía Architecture Foundation and the Casa Luis Barragán propose to the artistic and intellectual community, universities, associations and individuals interested in Mexican art and culture in general, this space as a possible area of ​​production and dissemination of diverse works nature related to those topics. Its characteristics allow at the same time to work independently and eventually to link to the House and Workshop of Luis Barragán and its activities.

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ORTEGA HOUSE

photo: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
photo: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
photo: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
photo: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
photo: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
photo: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
photo: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
street number
20 - 22
what
Ortega House
year of construction:
1943
architect
Luis Barragán
web

In 1943 Luis Barragán projects what will be his first home, later known as Casa Ortega, in a very large area of Tacubaya, with more than three thousand square meters, and in good part of the land he designs a sumptuous terraced garden. The project, carried out at number 20 on General Francisco Ramírez, is part of the reform of a house already built, and is based on the same principles that he will later on use in his studio and house. A sober and austere construction towards the exterior precedes all the wealth of the inside, prevailing the idea of intimacy and serenity, and the magnificence of a sensual garden hidden to the outside world. The house may only be visited through the garden, it remains as a haven of calm amidst the bustle of the capital. It is a building in which the singularities that emerge with full maturity–later–in the architect’s studio house are glimpsed.