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.
IB11 in Puebla, México by JAR jaspeado arquitectos
August 18th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: JAR jaspeado arquitectos
The 4th edition of the international competition Arquine (2002) was assembled by the State Goverment of Puebla (México) trough out the Cultural Committee 5th of May, the Architecture Museum of INBA and the Association of Architects in Puebla. This competition had due to design a new information module to be located by the main access in the public park area of Los Fuertes.
Ten years later (2012) thanks to the political management done by the actual State Govern of Puebla and the Infrastucture Department, it was possible to rise up this building.
The InfoBox, a public module for city information, is located at the main access of the Cultural Centre 5th of May, by the Ignacio Zaragoza Blvd. The outside of the building is conformed by a Public Plaza at the front, a Parking lot for Police cars, Public Toilet Module and a Room Service for the area.
As the first step, a road modification was done by the main access to the Cultural Center, creating two new road entries for vehicles and pedestrians, also with and exit on the oposite side creating a conection with the Ignacio Zaragoza Boulevard. This intervention allowed us to create a new shape for the terrain where the new building was going to take place, also oppening space for new green areas and pedestrian roads. This way the central part of the land was enable for the location of the Info-Box.
The project is envisioned as floated edification playing with the natural topography of the land, a metal light structure, based on concrete pilots” creating a skeleton covered on wood. The building creates sourrounding pedestrian circulations leading to the public plaza located it the front part of the complex.
The public plaza was created with”” a platform covered wiht prefabricated” concrete, grey and black 45cm by 90cm pieces, placing these in a regular shape where the level of the land was continious and displaced where the slope started to change, this last pieces of concrete where convined” with the vegetation of the landscape creating paralel lines to the main builiding.
The landscaping project shaped by vegetation “celules” concentrating endemic speces” and creating green areas within the complex, entering with green lines to the puclic plaza. Also a small but also important building designed for public toilet was resolved thru” an independent outdoor edification, located between the public area and the main building. Built with a traditional sistem of concrete and local brick walls, all covered by local grey marble 60cm by 20cm vertical pieces.
The Info-Box was conceibed” by a metal structure in order to speed up the construction ending its materiality all covered with Teka wood and glass windows in open sides of the building. Inside covered with same wood panels, with the entrance designed with a metal ramp covered with stone thought for any capability person to acces to it.
The inside of the Info-Box creates visual points to the City of Puebla and to the 5th of May Battle Fountain by theh Ignacio Zaragoza Boulevard wich is right infront of the terrace. Also designed for exhibitions, the back and left side of the building is conceibed by open windows with a sourrounding terrace built with Irving metal panels creating outdoor steps to the top of the building where an open terrace was design as a viewpoint to the Cultural Center and the Loreto and Guadalupe forts”.
The building was planned with a open plan area in the inside to easily assemble any kind of exhibition show, selecting light pre-fabricated walls in neutral color in order to be operated by museography design. Taking part of a new public building within the new Cultural Complex all the services and storage were adjusted in hidden spaces in order to open up the exhibition area.
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