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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.

Community Center San Bernabé in Mexico by Picharchitects

 
November 24th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Picharchitects

The project for the community center of San Bernabé offers a building-street, which tries and transmits civic values ​​inherent to the urban structure of the neighborhood. Thus, the specific uses of the functional program will be located in dispersed volumes, arranged along a guideline, thus configuring a street that will function as such and that is really the heart of the project.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

  • Architects: Picharchitects
  • Project: Community Center San Bernabé
  • Location: Monterrey, Mexico
  • Photography: Jorge Taboada
  • Authors: Felipe Pich-Aguilera Baurier, architect and Teresa Batlle Pagés, architect
  • Team leader: Pau Casaldàliga, architect, Ángel Sendarrubias, building engineer
  • Project leader: Margherita Aricó, architect
  • Building area: 3317 m2
  • Plot area: 27.552,36 m2
  • Building cost: $73.900.000 MXN
  • Benefited population: 100.700 people

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

This building-Street is conceived as a framework for the relationship and the expression of individuals and the community, so that it will be getting stronger as the citizens start to discover it and living freely in it too. In addition, it attempts to bind with the web of existing neighborhood streets, prolonging therefore their most common routes and giving priority to pedestrians over the traffic.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

This street built within, acts like the backbone of the built bodies that house the functional program of the community center and responds to an urban vision as a whole, in this sense its journey is punctuated by three spaces of quite a length which may be called squares, each one of them linked to an adjacent activity.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

On the other hand, the whole project was conceived as a bioclimatic infrastructure which tries to obtain its levels of comfort by combining the local natural resources, both climatic and material ones, leaving the contribution of conventional machinery as a complementary provision to meet only extreme heat spikes throughout the year.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

The project includes an allocation for renewable energy production, integrated into the architecture from the system of “solar beams” that make up the shade structure of the squares.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Beyond the scope of the community center itself, the project aims to reflect in an open way about its limits in time and space, as befits for an urban structure.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Finally, note that the architecture of San Bernabé Community Center explores a look that will be able to transmit the dignity of civic compromise than the building itself represents as well as its presence in the middle of the city should contribute to the dissemination of the values ​​that drive it.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

Image Courtesy © Picharchitects

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