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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.

Elena Garro Cultural Center in Coyoacán, México D.F. by Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

 
May 3rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

The project is based on the idea of highlighting the existing early 20th century house and creating an open space for a new bookstore as well as adding spaces for cultural activities.

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

  • Architects: Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc
  • Project: Elena Garro Cultural Center
  • Location: Fernández Leal #43, Barrio de la Concepción, Coyoacán, México D.F.
  • Photography: Jaime Navarro
  • Design Team: Iván Cervantes, Edgar Romero, Arturo Carreón, Anabel Chavez, Javier Juárez
  • Status: Built (inaugurated November 2012)
  • Structure: Grupo SAI
  • Service systems project: Ing. Carlos Medina
  • Lighting project: Artenluz Arq. Javier Ten
  • Landscape project: Entorno Taller de Paisaje (Tonatiuh Martinez + Hugo Sánchez)
  • Construction: 1,358 m2Artistic
  • Collaboration: Paloma Torres. Bronce doors, work titled “Transformed forest”

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

The preexistence of the house, made us take a decision to establish new volumes adjoining, butting up-against, and defining interesting relationships with the original house. A concrete frame in the front, with a glass facade brings out the books towards the street and at the same time incorporates the trees into the inside.

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

From the outside the building is perceived like a great public foyer where books, vegetation and the existing house façade is exhibited, serving as a pre-amble to the rest of the program. The project is distributed in three principal blocks, the front with a triple ceiling height is almost an exterior space; the existing house, destined to be a bookstore, is converted into a transition space to the back which is the auditorium, classrooms, services, offices and parking. Most of the program is concentrated in the new block to the back of the building, which is developed in four levels.

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

Image Courtesy Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

Image Courtesy Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

Image Courtesy Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

Image Courtesy Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

Image Courtesy Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

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