a lush flora engulfs tatiana bilbao's monolithic marine research center in mexico

a lush flora engulfs tatiana bilbao's monolithic marine research center in mexico

research center of the sea of cortés completes in mazatlan 

 

Developed as part of a regeneration program for the Mazatlan Central Park in Mexico, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio’s Research Center of the Sea of Cortés comes to life as a striking concrete monolith where sea and earth dramatically collide in every direction. This latest addition complements the area’s public, cultural, and nature-rich context, offering visitors a complete and immersive journey into the marine and terrestrial ecosystems that characterize the Sea of Cortés — a marginal body of water within the Pacific Ocean — and its shores. 

a lush flora engulfs tatiana bilbao's monolithic marine research center in mexico
image © Tonatiuh Armenta

 

 

orthogonal flexibility meets nature immersion

 

Structurally, Tatiana Bilbao (see more here) did not hold back; a series of programmaric and service walls expand across the site area in an orthogonal and irregular fashion to compose a rational and flexible complex that integrates into its surroundings while offering structural stability. Enveloping the architecture at every corner is a rich layer of flora that seems to be living and growing around and inside of it. By infusing the Research Center of the Sea of Cortés with nature, the architect reinforces identity and belonging to the natural context, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior for greater interaction.

a lush flora engulfs tatiana bilbao's monolithic marine research center in mexico
image © Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

 

 

Designed as a complete immersion into the natural world, the visitor’s journey begins in the outdoor public space before heading to the top of the building and finally descending to the main entrance plaza, where they can enjoy the start of the exhibition. From this plaza, visitors have access to four different recreated ecosystems — the open sea, shores, land, and forest — as well as public laboratories and an auditorium. The exhibition has no specific order; visitors can begin their explorations with any ecosystem thanks to a continuous and flexible sequence of spaces that seamlessly connect to the site’s natural exteriors.

a lush flora engulfs tatiana bilbao's monolithic marine research center in mexico
image © Tonatiuh Armenta

 

 

tatiana bilbao expands the center into a three-level program 

 

Program-wise, Tatiana Bilbao developed the Research Center of the Sea of Cortés into three levels. The ground floor hosts the administration and staff areas, a reception zone for school groups, public services section, most marine life conservation and support facilities, and general centralized installations. As for the first floor, the architect made room for the main entrance plaza, exhibitions, and the rest of the public services. Atop one section of this level sits the maintenance area for the center’s big tanks, with complementary programs like dressing rooms, and bathrooms, as well as equipment for personnel and visitors wishing to dive into the oceanic tank. The rest of the second floor is occupied by the remaining equipment and facilities for marine life support.

a lush flora engulfs tatiana bilbao's monolithic marine research center in mexico
image © Tonatiuh Armenta

a lush flora engulfs tatiana bilbao's monolithic marine research center in mexico
image © Tonatiuh Armenta

a lush flora engulfs tatiana bilbao's monolithic marine research center in mexico
image © Christian Belmont

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building model | image © Rodrigo Chapa

 

project info:

 

name: Research Center of Sea of Cortés 

location: Mazatlan Central Park, Mexico 

architecture: Tatina Bilbao Estudio | @tatianabilbaoestudio

principal architect: Tatiana Bilbao 

partners: Catia Bilbao, Juan Pablo Benlliure, Alba Cortés, Mariano Castillo, Soledad Rodríguez

project directors: Udayan Mazumdar, Alba Cortés

project manager: Alba Cortés

design team: Sofía Betancourt, Simona Solórzano, Gonzalo Mauleón, Mónica Lamela, Pavel Manzano, Steven Beltrán, Vania Aldonza Torres, Christian Belmont, Francisco Lozano, Octavio Herrejón, Pedro Gaxiola, Emma Woodward, Vittoria Di Giunta, Andrea Celso, Daniela Oria, Renata de Miguel, Fernanda Tovar, Patricio Tejedo, Mariana Martins, Elsa Ponce, María Escudero, Miriam Hernández, Kerstin Röck, Helene Schauer, Brice Franquesa, Hyeree Kwak, Morgan Tyson, Ayesha S. Ghosh, Carlos Baeza

construction director: Soledad Rodríguez
construction manager: José Luis Duran

construction team: Vania Aldonza Torres, Christian Belmont, Guillermo Barrera, Cinthya González

head of model workshop: Isaac Monterrosa

model workshpo team: Víctor Castañeda, Ángela Silva, Verónica Nazar, Emerson Carmona, Patricia Morales, María Padrón, Io Plouin, Julio Montesinos, Paulo Rodríguez, Eliana López, Andrés Millán

collaborators: Liquen, Space House, Ocean Wise, Guillermo Roel

landscape: Entorno Taller de Paisaje
lightning: Lightchitects Studio
structural and engineering: SENER

life support engineering: TJP, MAT

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