With lawsuits settled, TEN Arquitectos’ Mexican Museum moves forward in San Francisco

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Enrique Norten's Mexican Museum moves forward. (Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Enrique Norten’s Mexican Museum moves forward. (Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Lawsuits stalling construction of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum and 706 Mission Street high-rise have been settled. Earlier this year AN reported that the museum designed by Mexico City–based TEN Arquitectos and housed in the first four floors of a Handel Architects–designed 47-story condo tower at 706 Mission Street and the restored 1903 Aronson Building, was expected to break ground over the summer. Fights over the height of the tower held construction up of the 54,000-square-foot, $43 million facility and the $305 million, 510-foot-tall condo tower developed by Millennium Partners.

The towering 706 Mission Street and the soon to be renovated Aronson Building.(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

The towering 706 Mission Street and the soon to be renovated Aronson Building.(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Now that the lawsuits brought by neighbors in the nearby Four Seasons building are resolved, a building permit has been issued and the projects can finally move forward. Socketsite reported on the settlement, “Millennium Partners will donate $100,000 to the City to offset the costs of installing a new crosswalk at Third Street and Stevenson and revising the signal timing on Third, assuming the improvements for the residents of the Four Seasons, and others, are approved.”

When complete, the Mexican Museum, which sits on a site next to Daniel Libeskind’s Contemporary Jewish Museum, will feature some 14,000 objects related to Mexican and Mexican-American art and culture. These artworks and objects will fill the cantilevered main galleries—a boxy structure clad in a reflective metallic skin, designed with artist Jan Hendrix.

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

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