Fernando Romero, who once worked for Rem Koolhaas, is married to the daughter of the richest man in the world, for whom he built the Soumaya museum in Mexico City. With several big projects in the works, he is now planning a charter city to be built from scratch in Latin America
David Chipperfield's first project in Latin America is a crisply detailed, modernist gallery for the region's largest private collection. Behind its travertine walls and sharp-toothed roof, it is also one of the most defiantly public buildings in Mexico City
This month we talk to Fernando Romero, architect of the Soumaya Museum, about working for OMA and also for Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world – and Romero’s father-in-law. Edwin Heathcote visits David Chipperfield’s Jumex Museum in Mexico City, and Frida Escobedo, our cover star, explains how she’s mixing modernism with more ornamental traditions. Plus 24 pages of the latest German designs.
The world’s richest man employed his son-in-law to design a “gift to Mexico” – a shining gallery housing Rodins, old masters and national art.
Conversation between architect Julien de Smedt and Joseph Grima, director of New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture.