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.
Lookout Point and Coffee restaurant in Jalisco, Mexico by Dellekamp Arquitectos + Claudia Rodríguez
April 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Dellekamp Arquitectos
This is a neutral architectonic intervention that complements TOA’s (Taller de Operaciones Ambientales) landscaping master plan and Herzog de Meuron’s Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum) located in the Parque Mirador Independencia of Guadalajara, Jalisco. The lookout-‐point and coffee-‐restaurant rivet the natural disemboguement of Av. Independencia but unobtrusively align to the sliding gesture of the landscape. Both facilities were achieved through a single architectonic manoeuver that consisted of an excavation and displacement of the look-‐out ground onto a jutting platform.
At ground level, only a slender slab projected over the gorge is visible. In prima facie, a visitor would have the impression of stepping onto a floating sheet of concrete. The true depth of the observation deck is concealed by the diagonal slant of its corbel underbelly and the overall structure is securely fastened by a parallel bridge devised in similar fashion.
The coffee-‐restaurant, located in an underground pit preceding the observation platform, is totally invisible at ground level. The excavated grotto adds to the “floating deck” effect of the look-‐out point. Both amenities are the result, as it were, of sliding a match-‐box open. The service area is also located underground and may be doubly accessed through the coffee-‐restaurant and an independent lateral stairway. Also, the coffee lounge lying below the look-‐out enjoys large window panes gazing over the gorge and connects directly to a stairway leading to TOA’s open amphitheater down in the ravine.
The main virtue of this direct and simple intervention is that both facilities are inconspicuous to sight and their interrelation subtly emulates the landscape gesture of the ravine.
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