Surfacedesign collaborated with a team of international designers to transform a decommissioned blast furnace and a brownfield site into a modern history museum dedicated to the region’s rich history of steel production. Borrowing from materials endemic to the site, innovative landscape design weaves together with modern architecture to usher an old relic into the 21st century. Environmentally sensitive technologies — such as green roofs and a storm water collection system — offer a new approach to the landscape while respecting the original context.
In 1986, the city of Monterrey, Mexico reclaimed an expansive 1.5 hectare brownfield site of a former steel production facility. Eleven years later, the site’s decommissioned blast furnace has emerged as the Museo Del Acero Horno3, the Museum of Steel, which serves as a new focal point for the region. Located at the center of the modern Parque Fundidora, which receives more than two million visitors per year, the Museo Del Acero Horno3 narrates the story of steel production both to the generations who remember the history of the site and to new visitors who may be unaware of the region’s legacy.
The landscape for the Museo Del Acero Horno3 expresses the spirit of the site’s former industrial glory and celebrates its position within the surrounding dramatic landscape. The overall landscape design emphasizes the physical profile of the 70-meter furnace structure while complementing the modern design of the new structures