National Auditorium

Teodoro González de León and Abraham Zabludovsky
1990; 1952, designed by Mexican architects Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and Gonzalo Ramírez del Sordo

Although the auditorium was originally constructed in 1952 and used more often for sporting events, today this large remodeled venue, seating about 10,000, is used primarily for concerts, theater, dance, film festivals, and exhibitions. There is also a smaller auditorium for smaller audiences.

Although Teodoro González de León worked with Le Corbusier and is thus modernist in his style, he was born in Mexico City and uses elements of his tradition. His modernist concrete buildings also evoke pyramids or the plazas of Mesoamerica's ancient cities (or even the palaces and churches of the Spanish conquerors). The patio or plaza, a crucial element in the indigenous tradition, is a constant in his works.

Monumental building

The public space of the street is continued on the raised entrance plaza with extensive and broad steps.

La Luna, a large bronze sculpture by Juan Soriano


Sculptural fountain

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Tres Figuras Áureas, by the architect of the Auditorium, Teodoro González de León



Entry into the outdoor roofed lobby of the auditorium


The outdoor roofed lobby of the auditorium


See also the Mexican Embassy in Berlin, Rufino Tamayo Museum, University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) and Arcos Bosques Torre I and II in Mexico City by Teodoro González de León.

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