By Chloe Johnson | September 15, 2013
The Mexican Museum is bringing on a Mexican architect as the institution begins planning for its controversial and long-in-the-works permanent home, which it hopes to open in 2018.
Mexican architect Enrique Norten is responsible for designing the museum's interior, while Handel Architects will design the exterior tower at 706 Mission St.
"It was important for us to have a Mexican architect," said Victor Marquez, the museum's general counsel.
Norten's Mexico City-based firm TEN Arquitectos has designed several high-profile structures, including the Guggenheim Guadalajara in Mexico and West 53rd Street Library in New York, according to the firm's website.
The project will be overseen through a joint venture between A+D Architecture and Design and Pfau Long Architecture.
Museum Director David de la Torre said the new location, which is near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, would give the institution "a dramatic increase in visibility."