Shelter for Juarez
The spatial topology intends to generate a dichotomy in use: a sheltered space with inner uses and an upper skin working as open transversal spaces in a city in vicissitude.
The morphology was given by bioclimatic studies having as outcome a series of passive strategies for the extreme and complex weather of Ciudad Juarez. The cracks or gills in the roof allow in north natural daylight and controlled south diffuse light. In terms of temperature, the apertures are design to leave summer south winds to get in and be directed , as well as working all year long as overheat outputs. Transitional spaces are thought to buffer both, physiological stress and physiological temperature and light change in the user.
Furthermore the over/open park serves as a lung for the city, avoiding the greenhouse effect , providing with specific plants evapotranspiration for humidity control in the area, also having thermal mass increase in the roof for inner thermal control, thus keeping the space in the right comfort zone.
The inner void contains a complex volumetric program, “floating” between spaces emerging from the basement and reaching the upper skin. They “cells” are distributed throughout the exhibition zone connected with a ramp system making the building a continuous interior-exterior cycle.
The tectonics are a juxtaposition of local materials: some exposed in its most rough/primitive presentation showing rich textures an others very carefully finished but also as honest as possible.
The conception of the spaces, is a complex topography that offers a wide variety of use possibilities as well as inside, outside or both at the same time.
+ Project facts
Project: Media Park Ciudad Juarez
Developed by: SHINE Architecture | www.shinearchitecture.com
Typology: Competition entry
Location: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Project Credits: Minche Mena, Pier Andrea Angius, Michael Smith, Ruben Vazquez, Jose Zermeno “Shine Architecture”
Image Credits: SHINE Architecture