Matamoros’ Architectural MCM Jewel
Architects – Mario Pani
Text and Photos – Stephen Fox
Although aspects of the Centro Artesanal’s architecture reverberate with Mathias Goeritz’s experimental space, El Eco, in Mexico City of 1953, it was nevertheless understood as a modern evocation of Mexican vernacular building practices, expressing Mexican cultural identity through the tectonic medium of modern concrete construction. Pani’s architecture, like that of York and Taniguchi, treated regionalism functionally and performatively. After the middle 1960s, modern architects sought to externalize regionalism as an explicit architectural theme.
This building is currently the home of the Contemporary Art Museum of Matamoros, Mexico.