suspended gabion masses counterweight steel pavilion in mexico

suspended gabion masses counterweight steel pavilion in mexico

Emiliano Domínguez + Santiago Martínez compose Espina pavilion

 

Espina, designed by Emiliano Domínguez + Santiago Martínez, unfolds as a pavilion harmonizing various elements to achieve structural and visual equilibrium. Devoid of a defined program, its primary function is to offer shade and frame views towards the horizon. The design centers on structural integrity, allocating specific functions to each element. With a modest footprint of 21 sqm, Espina provides a 360-degree panoramic view, establishing a visual connection with the surrounding mountain landscape. Perched atop a hill in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico, the pavilion features a lightweight roof supported by a concrete base and a metal frame. The steel framework delineates the footprint area and extends in cantilever towards the west facade, supported by gabion masses anchored with tension cables.

suspended gabion masses counterweight steel pavilion in mexico
all images by César Belio

 

 

pavilion’s Steel frame sits atop two concrete bases

 

The deliberate interplay of materials underscores the distinct purpose of each element. Due to limited access via horse or 4×4 vehicle, Emiliano Domínguez + Santiago Martínez opt for on-site concrete casting. Steel, chosen for on-site assembly ease, integrates modular pieces. The gabions utilize locally extracted stone, adapting to the site’s geography. The structure’s dilatation establishes counterweights, allowing the pavilion to coexist with the endemic landscape that will eventually envelop it. Espina, situated between two concrete bases, rises above vegetation, providing horizontal views towards the east and west, capturing both sunrise and sunset.

suspended gabion masses counterweight steel pavilion in mexico
Emiliano Domínguez + Santiago Martínez unveil a pavilion integrating diverse elements for structural and visual harmony

suspended gabion masses counterweight steel pavilion in mexico
perched atop a Santiago de Querétaro hill, the pavilion boasts a lightweight structure

suspended gabion masses counterweight steel pavilion in mexico
the metal framework cantilevers towards the west facade, supported by gabion masses and tension cables

suspended gabion masses counterweight steel pavilion in mexico
devoid of a set program, Espina primarily offers shade and frames expansive views towards the horizon

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Espina provides a 360-degree panoramic view, visually connecting with the mountainous landscape

suspended gabion masses counterweight steel pavilion in mexico
steel, chosen for ease of on-site assembly, seamlessly integrates modular pieces into the pavilion’s structure

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project info:

 

name: Espina

lead architects: Emiliano Domínguez | @aemco.studio + Santiago Martínez | @smh_arquitecto

structural engineering: Andrés Casal | @casalandres

landscaping: Matorral | @matorral__

blacksmith: Gregorio Cisneros

location: Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico

photography: César Belio | @cesarbelio

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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