Feb 20, 2017
The ensemble of buildings, sports facilities and open spaces of the University City of the UNAM, was designed from 1949 to 1954 by close to 80 architects and artists as a collaborative work sponsored by the Mexican State. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007, the campus constitutes a unique example of 20th-century modernism integrating urbanism, architecture, engineering, landscape design and fine arts with references to local culture, especially to Mexicos pre-Hispanic past and represents one of the most significant icons of Latin American Modernism.
The modern master plan and wide open spaces where the pedestrians have priority over the automobiles were designed and coordinated by Mario Pani and Enrique del Moral who also designed the administration building, a slim tall tower of glass and onyx with murals by David Alfaro Siqueiros. One of the most iconic structures, the Central Library, a design by Juan OGorman as architect and muralist, is covered by 4 facades of colored stone mosaic murals that portray the history of the country and Mexicos ancient cultures. The ensemble also includes the Olympic Stadium designed by Augusto Prez Palacios in the shape of a volcano with stone mosaic murals by Diego Rivera and a unique Flix Candela structure, the small Cosmic Rays Pavilion. The overall design was conceived in relation to the volcanic landscape of the site: El Pedregal de San Angel in the south of Mexico City.
Architect Cristina Lopez Uribe is a professor at the Facultad de Arquitectura de la UNAM and co-editor of Habitar CU.60, an anthology of the first 60 years of UNAM. She resides in Mexico City.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the museum's North Parking Lot.