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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.

La Planta in Jalisco, México by Agraz Arquitectos

 
February 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Agraz Arquitectos

Where there was once decomposed organic matter, now there is art, sports and leisure. It is the conversion of a sewage treatment plant into a multidisciplinary center.

After being built nearly two decades ago in Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, this place never really worked and saw its contents come into a rapid estate of decomposition. Years later, local authorities called for new meanings for the place, making it a great challenge.

Image Courtesy © Mito Covarrubias

  • Architects: Agraz Arquitectos
  • Project: La Planta
  • Location: Jalisco, México
  • Photography: Mito Covarrubias
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup and 3dMax
  • Awards: Honourable Mention at the VII Biennal of Jalisco Architecture 2013
  • Cliente: Tlajomulco de Zuñiga City Government, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, Alberto Uribe Camacho, Ismael del Toro Castro
  • Project: 2011
  • Completion: 2013
  • Author: Agraz Arquitectos S.C., Ricardo Agraz
  • Collaborators: Erick Martínez, Miguel Sánchez, Juan Antonio Jaime, Brenda Barron, Blanca Moreno, Gabriela Villarreal, Javier Gutiérrez, Gabriel Gómez, Humberto Dueñas, Marc Fernández, Fernanda Palma, Israel Picos, Javier H. Aguirre, Leticia Macias.
  • Construction: Tlajomulco Public Works Office, Hugo Luna Vázquez – Strategic Project Coordinator, David Miguel Zamora Bueno – Minister of Public Works , Public bidding, Gama Constructores y Asociados S.A. de C.V. – Francisco Javier Peregrina Barajas.
  • Art Direction: Francisco Morales Dufour, Adrián Guerrero
  • Site area: 32 990 m2
  • Construction area: 1375 m2

Image Courtesy © Mito Covarrubias

The plant was made of a series of channels containing water within high resistance concrete walls which’s demolition costs were infinitely higher than giving them a new use. The correct equation was, therefore, finding a new meaning to the place and this is how after studying the existing structure and measuring all possibilities, the transformation into a multidisciplinary center was proposed. This is a place that would hold culture, sports and leisure, and that would benefit the nearby communities ofSanta FeandChula Vistain Tlajomulco.

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All water channels were cleaned and access stairs were built placing a450 square meterroof on top of it all, where a piece of the artist Francisco Morales reminds us that culture is a social reintegrating factor.

While placing this cover, six rooms with natural light and ventilation where achieved, where windows and patios take away any subterranean sensation. The entrance stairs work also as upstage areas, and children can enjoy a philharmonic rehearsal while a ballet class is taking place next door, or a painting workshop, or a gymnastics lesson, or football class too.

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Upstairs, in the rooftop, several events can take place. A metallic arbor was placed, allowing people to sit in the shade, and there is also the project of making more sun protection for more activities on the outside.

Advised by Adrian Guerrero and with the participation of Paco Morales, both artists, The Plant project permitted us to transform what was once a sewage treatment plant into an art, sports and leisure production one.

Image Courtesy © Mito Covarrubias

Image Courtesy © Mito Covarrubias

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