perforated roof connects cineteca nacional by rojkind arquitectos
photo © rojkind arquitectos / photo by paul rivera
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containing mexico city’s national film archive and the film institute of mexico, the ‘cineteca nacional siglo XXI‘ provides its guests with an expansive and welcoming range of facilities. conceived by rojkind arquitectos, the design is imagined as a university campus with a central public space that fosters social and cultural interaction. michel rojkind, founding partner of rojkind arquitectos, is a conference speaker at design indaba 2014 held in cape town, south africa, for which designboom is an official media partner.

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aerial view of the ‘cineteca nacional siglo XXI’
photo © rojkind arquitectos / photo by paul rivera

 

 

 

the significantly sized plot occupies an underutilized site within the town of xoco. while once the region was surrounded by rural farmland, the area now sits within the city’s urban sprawl and remains under pressure from municipal authorities looking to develop the land.

 

the brief for the project called for the renovation and expansion of the complex’s existing building which dated back to 1982. in response to the plot’s dilapidated urban condition, additional restoration work needed to be done in order to reclaim part of the site as public space. this external area gives relief from the surrounding urban developments, and accommodates the constant pedestrian flow of visitors.

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a perforated canopy protects the open plazas and terraces of the building
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surface parking is consolidated within a six-storey structure, allowing reclaimed space to house programs organized along two axes. where the two routes intersect, a 3,200m plaza is sheltered by a hovering canopy that connects the existing complex with new screening rooms. clad in composite aluminum panels, the structure wraps around the new building forming a perforated façade. beneath the roof, the sheltered volume functions as the foyer between the old and new structures, capable of accommodating concerts, theater and a range of exhibitions. an outdoor amphitheater, extensive landscaping and new retail spaces were added to the original program, expanding the possibilities of the site.

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photo © rojkind arquitectos / photo by paul rivera

 

 

 

each screening room seats 180 guests, while previous facilities have been updated with current technology. the outdoor amphitheater has a 750 person capacity, while overall the complex can now seat 2,495 visitors in indoor theaters. two new film vaults were also added to the site, increasing cineteca’s archive capacity by 50,000 reels of film.

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(left) photo © jaime navarro
(right) photo © jaime navarro

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theatre
photo © jaime navarro

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photo © rojkind arquitectos / photo by jaime navarro

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open ground floor plaza
photo © rojkind arquitectos / photo by paul rivera

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outdoor theatre
photo © jaime navarro

 

 

project info:

 

rojkind arquitectos: michel rojkind [founding partner], gerardo salinas [partner]
team: gerardo villanueva, barbara trujillo, alfredo hernández, diego leal, andrea león, rodrigo medina, philipp schlauch, beatriz zavala, birgit hammer, juan manuel ortuño, david stalin, alonso de la fuente, rafael cedillo, arie willem de jongh, victor martínez, adrian aguilar, david guardado
media: monique rojkind, cynthia cardenas, dolores robles, rosalba rojas

 

interior design
alberto villareal bello (principal)
team: isaac smeke, felipe castañeda, emilia franssen, alejandra hernández. esrawe studio [collaboration]
structural engineer: CTC ingenieros
roof structure engineer: studio NYL
MEP: IPDS
landscape consultant: ambiente arquitectos
a/v consultant: auerbach pollock friedlander
acoustics consultant: seamonk
lighting consultant: ideas y proyectos en luz
graphic design: citrico + welcome branding
program: cultural
construction area: 49,000 sqm
location: mexico city, mexico

 

 

 

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