– with Nathaly Der Boghosian, Nebi Nazar, Felix Monasakanian, Efren Soriano
Axis/Access is a proposal for a museum in Tulum, Mexico located adjacent to a Mayan archaeological site. The scheme proposes a merging of the program directly with the road to the ruins, merging the historical past with the contemporary exhibition of Mayan culture. The road creates of datum of axial relationships that distributes the program into a series of paths, organized both horizontally and vertically.
Paths generated by analytical diagrams were used to locate the elements along programmatic paths. Users experience the space by following vertically diverging branches along the dominant path. As individuals move vertically and horizontally through the building envelope, the circulation becomes a means of bisecting the historical with the contemporary.
Once visitors reach the midpoint of the programmatic tube, they can access the historical core. The historical core functions both as vertical circulation and informational gallery. At the vertical ends of the historical core are the main exhibition spaces. Along the spiraling ramp of the historical core is the informational projection strand, which displays an interactive timeline about the site. The permanent gallery is located underground, while the temporary gallery is elevated.