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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Nicolas San Juan in Mexico City by Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

January 25th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

Social and ethical responsibility

Our responsibility goes beyond offering just a living space. We give examples of certain elements like water and how it can be captured, treated and reused. Our building offers less consumption of energy through passive ventilation and naturally illuminated spaces. We created a habitat for migrating species, offered spaces for growing your own food. We are enhancing life quality and education on an urban context through our proposal just by a deep understanding of it’s social and ecological history.

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

  • Architects: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
  • Project: Nicolas San Juan
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Architect Design: Elias Cattan
  • Photography: Rafael Gamo, Maayan Fridman
  • Software used: Autocad, 3d studio, no parametric design modeling. More of a nature observation based approach. biomimicry.

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

Resource efficiency and environmental impact

Designing with an integrated design process from the beginning helped us break this paradigm of getting local and natural resources by using our “waste as a resource”. For example, we designed a bamboo shading device on the roof garden, also we used strawbale in our interior walls which is normally burnt each harvest season causing more Co2 emissions. We reduced our steel and concrete consumption by 20% because of the design efficiency of the facade which reduced our energy consumption.

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

Economic lifecycle performance

It was important from the beginning to align goals of each different stakeholders and maintain the general scope of the project so at the end of the process we could accomplish the aim of the investors. This was possible because every person that needed to take a decision participated in every “charrette” that was organized. Every cost and benefit was discussed and evaluated from the planning phase to the completion of the building.

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

Contextual performance and impact

Occupying the empty space in the neighborhood resulted as a positive impact. the lot was a void in the neighborhood. We provided infrastructure like sidewalks and ramps for accessibility on both sides of the corner, placed different lighting elements to give a better view of the corner, the design integrated the actual trees placed all around the site and kinda made reference to them. Placed bike parking inside the building to promote alternative ways of mobility.

Image Courtesy Maayan Fridman

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

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One Response to “Nicolas San Juan in Mexico City by Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa”

  1. patricio guerrero says:

    this building was done by Taller 13 Arquitectos, before the partners split up, and one of them (elias cattan) took the name Taller 13 arquitectura regenerativa. which is a different company.
    Please correct credits.

    The protect and 95% of the building was done by “taller 13 arquitectos” (Elias Cattan and Patricio Guerrero).
    my ex partner didn’t do it by himself.

    please make corrections, or take info down as it is wrong.

    cheer from mexico.

    Patricio Guerrero (casaPublica)

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