Winning designs for Arquine's MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion competition bridges architecture and community in Mexico City
By Katherine Guimapang|
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2022
The MEXTRÓPOLI Architecture and City Festival brings architects, designers, students, artists, and the community to celebrate new and exciting design visions for Mexico City. Since the first MEXTRÓPOLI festival in 2014, the event has continued to be a pillar event for the architecture and design community. Each edition of the competition, led by Arquine, invites all to "participate in the design of the MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion, the piece that will represent the Architecture and City Festival," shares competition coordinators.
This year's 24th edition of the open call invited individuals to design a reusable pavilion that could spark continued discourse surrounding the current climate crisis and "that allows the development of an open public program that builds a place for interaction between architecture and citizenship." This year's winning proposals were selected by jury members: Ricaro Azócar, Rozana Montiel, Javier Peña, Anna Puigjaner and Elena Tudela Rivadeneyra.
View the winning pavilion designs and honorable mentions below.
FIRST PLACE WINNERS: Walled Garden - Garden Wall
Jury Comments: The jury unanimously agreed that this proposal brings together several elements that synthesize this year's call, with a contemporary narrative. The pavilion disappears when the citizens take the plants at the end of the Festival, and this affects a large group of people. With something as simple as a plant, the place is transformed. The historical baggage that the pavilion takes through the plants, which speaks of three historical moments in Mexico, is represented in three groups of plants. The rigor of the vegetation as a material demonstrates awareness when considering species that can be found in Mexico City. A pavilion that proposes a garden within a garden, with interior spaces that can be very interesting. In this project, something fundamental is to maintain the leafiness of the proposal. The mist can be generated with water vapor from the same irrigation system. The mist would not be continuous but would become evidence of plant care. This itself generates a certain temporality within the same pavilion and becomes a playful space.
SECOND PLACE: El Rontón
Jury Comments: A very interesting proposal since the pediment implies a real activation by the citizens with a very social message. As it is planned, it has spatiality and offers multiple functions: you can play, the back part becomes a storage room, a climbing wall and it is also a space to rest. Within the imagination of the jury, the green surface could be used for projection, like an open-air cinema. The jury understood that it is a piece that, at the end of the festival, could be taken to a community as a community space.
THIRD PLACE WINNERS: La Casa de Berta
Jury Comments: It proposes the use of the money for the construction of a house for a vulnerable person and the jury emphasizes that the subject of vulnerability be addressed. The result of the pavilion is the shadow of the house. On the other hand, it is a somewhat controversial proposal to offer the house to a specific family and not to another, or why a single-family house and not something that benefits a community. The jury commented that the formal resolution of the pavilion lacked an explanation of the background of the proposal, by not proposing information for citizens to understand the context of this project and the beneficiary. However, they stand out for bringing to the call other non-formal possibilities for the contest and for the second life that would be given to the piece by turning it into a family home.
HONORABLE MENTION: Hacia otra perspective ecológica
Jury Comments: The jury highlights this proposal by offering the possibility of doing an activity that normally cannot be done: rising as an action. Inhabit the park with the treetops around the citizens. Without invading spaces that cannot be intervened, it remains in the central walkway, proposing a change of perspective and the point of view of the Alameda Central, promoting circulation. It also stands out for its constructive simplicity and its viability.
The MEXTRÓPOLI team shares, "for the installation of the MEXTRÓPOLI 2022 Pavilion, the winners of this call, the technical jury, and the Arquine team must work together to carry out the proposed proposal.
Learn more about the 2022 MEXTRÓPOLI Architecture and City Festival here.
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