Constructed on a 35,445 square meter estate and designed by the renowned Mexican architects Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and Manuel Rosen Morrison, the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) was nearly instantly incorporated to the citys landscape, as it simultaneously became one of its landmarks. Situated in the heart of Tijuanas most modern zone, due to the emblematic sphere like form of the Imax Theatre building, the CECUT is popularly known as La Bola (The Ball).
Inaugurated on October 20th of 1982 as part of the National Fund for Social Activities (FONAPAS), its purpose was to strengthen national identity on the northern Mexican border as well as to promote cultural tourism incoming from the United States. In January of 1983, it became a part of the Ministry of Tourism, but the artistic and intellectual community of Tijuana demanded that its use be reoriented, and in March of that same year, it was incorporated to the Ministry of Public Education.
For Three years it was the center of the Borders Cultural Program, and in 1986 it won its autonomy with the approval to plan its own budget, create its own work agenda and integrate its own Administrative Council.
In December of 1988, the Tijuana Cultural Center became jurisdiction of the recently created National Council for Arts and Culture (CONACULTA), and from then on its actions where diversified, and oriented towards an integrated and national cultural policy.
Since 1992, the Tijuana Cultural Center houses the Baja California Orchestra (OBC), and since 1994 is the home of the Spanish American Guitar Center (CHG).
The Tijuana Cultural Centers visitors are conformed by the local, regional and binational community. It specifically tends to the population of educators, creators, artists, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and civil groups, the media, private industries and the general public.
El Cubo (The Cube), building that counts on a surface of 1.500 square meters of area for exhibition, among others sections, was inaugurated September 27, 2008. Project of the recognized Tijuana architect Eugenio Velásquez, this museum space is integrated to the architectural complex of the Tijuana Cultural Center in order to reinforce the offering in the visual arts and the cultural patrimony in the northwest of Mexico.