metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city

PILARES Quetzalcóatl acts as a free educational community space

 

Architectural studio a|911 designs PILARES Quetzalcóatl, situated in the Iztapalapa borough, addressing social and environmental challenges through strategic urban initiatives. As part of the PILARES project initiated by the government of Mexico City, the primary objective is to establish community spaces, offering free educational and cultural infrastructure to marginalized areas. Focused on restoring the social and urban fabric at the neighborhood level, the project specifically targets the Desarrollo Urbano Quetzalcóatl neighborhood, addressing historical challenges through deliberate actions. The design approach begins with repurposing a disused plot to create an efficient building accommodating diverse programs while adhering to material constraints and budgetary limitations.

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city
all images by Sandra Pereznieto

 

 

metal structure composes two blocks housing workshops

 

The project is organized into two differently scaled blocks housing classrooms, workshops, and services, set on a triangular footprint with a landscaped courtyard. A metal structure articulates the buildings, providing flexibility and horizontal communication. The larger northern building features a roof with irregular triangular planes, offering dynamic spatial quality, while the smaller southern building integrates a tower framing the entrance. The facades incorporate two horizontal strips of materials, a low brick perimeter wall followed by sheet metal covering on structural frames with interspersed windows, establishing a semi-industrial character. Studio a|911’s design approach fosters a dialogue with the urban surroundings, encouraging community engagement and ownership of the project.

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city
a|911 designs PILARES Quetzalcóatl in Iztapalapa, addressing social and environmental challenges strategically

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city
the initiative establishes community spaces with free educational and cultural infrastructure in marginalized areas

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city
the design repurposes a disused plot efficiently, accommodating diverse programs

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city
two differently scaled blocks with classrooms, workshops, and services are organized on a triangular plot

pilares-quetzalcoatl-metal-structure-a-911-mexico-designboom-1800-1

a metal structure articulates the buildings, providing flexibility and horizontal communication

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city
a roof with irregular triangular planes offers dynamic spatial quality

pilares-quetzalcoatl-metal-structure-a-911-mexico-designboom-1800-3

the design establishes a semi-industrial character, fostering a dialogue with the urban surroundings

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city
facades incorporate a low brick perimeter wall and sheet metal covering on structural frames

metallic roof shapes triangular folds atop a|911's cultural infrastructure in mexico city
the smaller southern building integrates a tower, framing a distinctive entrance point

 

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the main blocks house classrooms, workshops, and services arranged in a flexible layout
the main blocks house classrooms, workshops, and services arranged in a flexible layout
the project focuses on restoring the social and urban fabric of Quetzalcóatl neighborhood
the project focuses on restoring the social and urban fabric of Quetzalcóatl neighborhood
model by Paola Solares
model by Paola Solares
ground floor plan
ground floor plan
sections
sections

project info:

 

name: PILARES Quetzalcóatl
architect: a|911 | @arq911

lead architects: Saidee Springall & José Castillo

collaborators: Iván Cervantes, Facundo Savid, Gerardo Hernández, Valerio López

landscape: Janisse Cruz, Anahí Toriz

structure: Ing. Oscar Trejo

MEP: Ing. Gilberto Jocirin

model: Paola Solares

location: Mexico City

photography: Sandra Pereznieto | @spereznieto

 

 

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