wave of buckets floods mextropolis architecture festival in mexico city

wave of buckets floods mextropolis architecture festival in mexico city

flooding the central alameda park in mexico city, factor eficiencia and 5468796 architecture creates a wave of buckets as a symbol for the liberation of public spaces in the metropolis. the 100.0 m² temporary pavilion uses common painter’s buckets as its building blocks, connecting them together via an expansive grid of ropes. in the mexican captial these objects are typically used to claim a piece of street by ‘viene viene’ entrepreneurs, who operate outside the government’s oversight and aggressively charge drivers wishing to park. ‘one bucket at a time’ aims to empower citizens to reclaim ownership of their public areas through enjoyment.

‘one bucket at a time’ forms a giant carpet that can be manipulated to many different forms
all images © jaime navarro and courtesy of factor eficiencia



‘one bucket at a time’ by factor eficiencia, 5468796 architecture and studio NYL structural engineers last for three days during the 2017 mextropoli architecture festival. the malleable surface of the wave encourages people to freely explore as they wish, be it sitting, running, playing, standing or lounging. ironically, painter’s buckets are used as the building blocks for this liberating pavilion, and with their intertwined structure, can be manipulated like a giant carpet to form many different shapes.

the public pavilion empowers citizens to reclaim ownership of their unique urban enviroment


the temporary space is especially enjoyable for children who love to climb and play


‘one bucket at a time’ was created by factor eficiencia, 5468796 architecture and studio NYL structural engineers


the wave of buckets is located in the central alameda park in mexico city


‘one bucket at a time’ encourages the general public to sit, run, play, stand or lounge on the malleable surface


typically used by ‘viene viene’ entrepreneurs, common painter’s buckets are connected using a grid of ropes


the construction of the temporary public pavilion in progress

  • Nice … fun … whimsical … thoughtful … inexpensive … well designed … I like it a lot!

    Leonardo Sideri says:

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