‘portal of awareness’ by rojkind arquitectos, mexico city, mexico
all images courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
along the bustling avenue paseo de la reforma in mexico city, the ‘portal of awareness’ by rojkind arquitectos is a public space that is experienced spatially and while in motion. one of eight projects commissioned by coffee maker nescafe, the basic requirement was to include a maximum of 1,500 metal cups and rebar. this structure attaches 1,497 handled mugs inside of a diagonal mesh of the steel rods, casting dynamic shadows on the sidewalk.
there are 41 arches supplemented with 2 additional layers of 56 arches, all touching down within rows of planters. the vines growing from them will eventually cover the outer surface, projecting a green shell to the encompassing context and a gradient of red to visitors passing through.
visitors pass through the shell made from rebar and 1,497 coffee cups
rooted into a row of planters, vines will eventually cover the shell’s outer surface
burgundy, red and orange mugs surface the interior surface
cups are secured to the diagonal intersection of the steel rods
details of cups and framework from the inside and outside