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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.

Teotitlán del Valle Community Cultural Center in Oaxaca, Mexico by PRODUCTORA

 
November 9th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PRODUCTORA 

This Community Cultural Center exhibits the archeological and textile wealth of Teotitlán del Valle, a village in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The principal volume, facing the village square, houses the Museum which will host the collections and activities of the present Teotitlán Museum of History. In formal terms, the project is governed by the aesthetics of the immediate context, which determine the height, color, and materials used. The secondary volume contains the Municipal Library and a service zone. The area occupied by both buildings on the site represents just 18% of the whole surface area, leaving a large public space of plaza and gardens. This helps to improve the pedestrian routes passing across the site and connecting with the main square, inserting the new public spaces created by the Cultural Center into the circuit of existing plazas that define the urban structure of the village.

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  • Architects: PRODUCTORA ( Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles, Víctor Jaime )
  • Project: Teotitlán del Valle Community Cultural Center
  • Location: Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, México
  • Photography: Luis Gallardo
  • Client: Municipality of Teotitlan del Valle
  • Collaborators: Rosalía Yuste, Josue Palma, Pamela Martínez, Antonio Espinoza, Andrés Rivadeneyra, Iván Villegas
  • Contractor: Bonarq (Ismael Rojas)  |
  • Structural Engineering: Kaltia Consultores (Verónica Correa) and DAE (Juan Felipe Heredia)
  • Technical Engineering: BioE (Alejandro Lirusso)
  •  Surface: 1,700 m2

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

The architectural volumes present austere, neutral façades. The form and material character of the building, including double-slab sloping roofs, 30 cm-thick concrete walls, and controlled openings, create a passive system that responds to the adverse climatic conditions. This basic strategy helps to regulate the temperature inside the building and provides users with a comfortable space to read a book, work or visit the museum, and at the same time eliminates the need to install air conditioning systems. The interiors present a diverse range of lighting conditions and spatial qualities (double and triple-height spaces), generating different atmospheres for exhibitions and activities. The Cultural Center uses a minimal palette of locally made materials (pigmented concrete, timber, clay tiles and bricks) in order to blend into its context.

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

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Image Courtesy © Luis Gallardo

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