Mixed Use Mexico


The second studio in the core sequence introduces students to the comprehensive design and development of a large scale, institutional building in an urban site. Advancing on the pedagogy established in previous studios (AMIGAA: architecture as mass, interiority, ground, aperture and articulation), this studio focuses on the design, development and tectonic of the building envelope and its ability to articulate contemporary formal organizations. Neither vertical tower nor flat mat, a more ?spherical? building typology is explored using a methodology of aggregated assembly, pursuing issues of part to whole relationships and the notion of an awkward or less coherent whole. Assemblage vs. monolithic form, surface vs. mass, iconicity and image, the intentional obscuring of hierarchical mass, layered and graphic assemblies, tectonics and materiality constitute a range of concerns in the work. 

Defining Context 

Observing 50 Bucareli, Mexico City, notable aspects of the site become evident; most of which are its street culture -- vibrant, intimate, social, and (ground) plane specific. This plane lacks all the pretention of conglomerates and offers a vulnerability to explore the quirky and unknown. The site lacks context between all objects that lay atop it while tying them together through their uniqueness, juxtapositions, and attitudes. It's fragmentation, the lack of structure, and meandering corridors requests for an infill typology. The temporary / long term parking lot along the vacant slot located on Bucareli further exposes the nature of the convenience of this city while its inhabitants use it as a casual place to meet and have shop talk.  Our mission statement is to not hinder any of these attributes but to offer an Architecture that seeks to inhibit these traits. We propose a multifarious typology that features individualism, eclectic-ity, and community for the existing site and broader Mexico City. 

This is achieved in 3 parts through the use of extruded figures derived from the site and a loose assemblage of the aforementioned, specific corner situations as well as blatant interior divides. All of which are brought together and unified through a pixeled thread, unique to each space, that serve as aperture in either forms of skylight or window. 

The benefits of such are thus; a pedestrian street, specific areas of welcomed intentional solicitation, community through the use of joint spaces and most importantly individualism through unique subdivisions in floor plan and tessellation. 


Defining Context, Topographic Partitioning & Extruded Parts for Play

Preliminary Part to Whole Relationship, Mass Studies

Transformation of Aperture through Texture

Midterm Proposal; Mass Study, Application of Textures 

Studio Final Proposal

Final Model, Stills

Final Model, Video Walkthrough