proyectos impala trailer container by urbánika provides a travelling gallery space and library proyectos impala trailer container by urbánika provides a travelling gallery space and library
may 19, 2016

proyectos impala trailer container by urbánika provides a travelling gallery space and library

proyectos impala trailer container by urbánika provides a travelling gallery space and library
(above) ‘proyectos impala’ at its first stop: UACJ, juárez public university
all images courtesy of urbánika and alejandro morales

 

 

 

‘proyectos impala’ is a refurbished trailer container that is used as a library and exhibition space in ciudad juárez, mexico – a city situated on the rio grande, across the united states border from el paso. curator alejandro morales teamed up with urbánika architects for the project to restore the disused vessel. the original floor was repaired and rectangular windows were inserted at the top of the structure, allowing natural light to fill the interior. the addition of a small lounge and reading area was added, creating a warm environment for people to meet, relax and to enjoy the artworks. 

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‘proyectos impala’ provides a gallery space and library

 

 

 

the traveling gallery works with international artists and curators to reach out to isolated communities, providing numerous exhibitions and reading material before moving on to the next stop. the library has a collection of over 750 books, obtained via donations from various institutions. the project aims to strengthen the creative bonds deep rooted within the society, by building an infrastructure which has a presence on both sides of the border. the cultural hub acts as a catalyst for re-development and as a gathering place for young artists to meet and come together.

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the space hosts a library and art exhibition area

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the space includes a small lounge and reading area 

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the library has a collection of over 750 books, obtained via donations from art institutions and artists

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thematic books that accompany current exhibitions are selected and displayed in individual boxes 

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proyectos impala travels to universities and public spaces looking to reach a wider audience to promote art

 

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diagram of the design 

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the state of the container before refurbishment

 

 

 

project info:

name: proyectos impala
location: ciudad juárez (mobile)
design team: alejandro morales (curator) + urbánika
project design team: alejandro morales, federico campos
transportation: transportes svm
container via donation by: BRP
container conditioning: conaculta – ichicult
exhibition possible with the support of: ISE ny cultural foundation
schematic design: november 2015
construction: march 2016
photography: archivo urbánika, alejandro morales

 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: hollie smith | designboom

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