obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
 
obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
dec 30, 2011

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico

obra architects created the proposal ‘viviendas acueducto’, translated as ‘aqueduct housing’, a housing development serviced by a network of aqueducts in guanajuato, mexico. each dwelling maintains its independence and privacy with a connection to the communal rainwater harvesting system, which is considered an essential element for survival. the 74 acre masterplan is positioned along the rio guanajuato in an existing city which was built on a series of arches as constant flooding of the banks mandated a re-routing of the river. the generated underground streets and tunnels were set into the mountainous topography and may be easily transformed into a system of residential alleys. the intention is to return the area to its original purpose by reintroducing flowing water.

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
all images courtesy of obra architects

 

 

a series of circular town plazas with local commerce and activity are scattered throughout the site, with an underground cistern below grade. enclosing the public spaces are the ‘cistern apartments’, multistory complex overlooking the community gathering points and serviced with a rooftop aqueduct. pablo castro, co-founder of the firm discussed this project at the conversation ‘sheltered: do architecture and housing understand each other’ at the shenzhen & hong kong bi-city biennale of urbanism \ architecture.

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
walkways under the aqueduct

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
residential alley

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
aqueduct connecting to dwellings

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
aerial view of town plaza and cistern apartments serviced with a circular rooftop aqueduct

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
town plaza encompassed with ‘cistern apartments’

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
section through town plaza reveals underground cave cistern

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
aerial view of site

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
perspective between houses

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
aqueduct at edge between residential area and parks provides shelter for urban promenade street markets

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
prints

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
sketch perspective

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
experiential perspective sketch

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
conceptual sketch

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
conceptual sketch

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
conceptual sketch

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
conversation ‘sheltered: do architecture and housing understand each other’ at the shenzhen & hong kong bi-city biennale of urbanism \ architecture
image © designboom

obra architects: aqueduct housing for guanajuato, mexico
pablo castro, co-founder of OBRA architects
portrait © designboom

 

 

the 2011 SZHK biennale in shenzhen, china ran from december 8th through december 11th 2011. the scale of certain projects is such that the architect becomes not only a designer of buildings but also city planner and landscape architect and the shenzhen & hong kong bi-city biennale of urbanism \ architecture reflects this in its theme: architecture creates cities – cities create architecture. the SZHK biennale is the first to focus on urbanism as an ongoing theme to explore issues of the city as an active agent in contemporary culture. the program included more than 30 exhibitions, symposiums, panel discussions and performances. terence riley has been appointed chief curator (he is the first international curator for the event). the hong kong edition will work to complement the shenzhen biennale in an integrative way and is curated by gene king and anderson lee currently under preparation and due to open in february 2012. designboom is the principal international media partner of the SZHK biennale.

  • Muy interesante concepto, solo que por ser la zona del Bajio de Mexico y ser una zona “desertica”, me resulta contradictorio que la poca agua que pudiera recibir la tierra sea captada para el desarrollo, eliminando la poca vida vegetal. Creo que esta idea aplicaria mejor en zonas tropicales donde abunda la lluvia y es necesario no sobresaturar los sistemas de drenaje, ejemplo. Tabasco…

    mud

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