This seaside cultural complex generates a new public space in Progreso, a city on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The volumes varying in height are arranged in a grid on a square. The square presents a multi-level transitable roof that can be crossed diagonally, connecting the two landscaped corners. The opposite axis is occupied by taller pieces that incorporate skylights and in their encounter with the street are cut with triangular forms, opening out towards the beach. The triangular pattern is repeated inside with supports that shape the different spaces. At ground level, paths snake amid vegetation and ponds.
The museum takes up the square's southeast corner with eight volumes. The construction combines elements of Mayan tradition – such as the cladding material, chukum, chosen because it is durable and low-maintenance – with concepts of contemporary architecture.