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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.

Palapa in Monterrey, Mexico by GH+A Arquitectos

April 18th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: GH+A  Arquitectos

The Project “Palapa” is located in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, and is planed as a place of leisure time for the workers of an industrial complex in the outskirts of the city.

“La Palapa”, (space for BBQs), persist of a covered space with service rooms and a kitchen for social activities and events.

Facing these conditions, the project poses in the floor plan a 20 x 20 m square, which achieves a free central space for flexible uses, putting the service rooms on the perimeter.

Image Courtesy Guillermo Hevia

  • Architects: GH+A Arquitectos/Guillermo Hevia H.
  • Project: Palapa
  • Location: Monterrey, Mexico
  • Contributors: Tomás Villalón A, Francisco Carrión G, Guillermo Hevia García, Marcela Suazo M
  • Owner: Grupo Kalos
  • Construction: Grupo Kalos
  • Photography: Guillermo Hevia
  • Built Surface: 450  M2
  • Construction year: 2009
  • Materials: Muros Y Losas Hormigón Armado, Vigas Y Losetas Hormigón Prefabricado.
  • Software used: Autocad, 3dmax, Cinema4D + Vray and TAS for bioclimatic evaluation

Image Courtesy Guillermo Hevia

The building consists out of concrete parts, piling up in a configuration which assumes gravity like an expressive power of the constitution of the space, capturing the constructive conditions of the material, to make its virtue a possibility of the architecture.

The building works with straight separated parts, which, in its tonalities, determine a sculpture in structural and architectonical equilibrium.

In first place, three walls, two pylons and one service volume are the supporting structure of the building. Those elements define an appropriate answer in their geometrical assembly of the floor plan, and at the same time, confine the space as a semi-open area.

Image Courtesy Guillermo Hevia

A roof made out of prefabricated concrete panels is supported by three beams, resting on the basic elements, and, at the time, being suspended by a fourth superior beam, which allows to liberate the internal space, defining a free floor with flexible use and great transparency.

The work assumes the gravity and materiality as a round architectonical expression, in which each element shows in a simple manner its structural quality in between the whole ensemble.

Image Courtesy Guillermo Hevia

Image Courtesy Guillermo Hevia

Image Courtesy Guillermo Hevia







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