Museo Soumaya, Plaza Carso building, Mexico City, Mexico
© Juan Romero/Alam
Sunlight turning silver to gold. International Museum Day
International Museum Day, first held in 1977, is organised every year by the International Council of Museums. Museums not only hold objects of great interest but can be fascinating on their own due to creative design. A great example of artistic museum architecture is the Plaza Carso building, located in Mexico City. Built by Carlos Slim Helu's Group Carso, the iconic Museo Soumaya is a private museum that showcases a collection of 60,000 art pieces from different periods and styles. The uniquely designed building is made up of sixteen thousand hexagonal aluminium plates that, in addition to looking amazing, also protect the artwork inside from intense sunlight.