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AD Classics: Cosmic Rays Pavilion / Felix Candela

AD Classics: Cosmic Rays Pavilion / Felix Candela
AD Classics: Cosmic Rays Pavilion / Felix Candela

AD Classics: Cosmic Rays Pavilion / Felix Candela AD Classics: Cosmic Rays Pavilion / Felix Candela AD Classics: Cosmic Rays Pavilion / Felix Candela AD Classics: Cosmic Rays Pavilion / Felix Candela +6

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architect

    Felix Candela
  • References

    Cosmic Rays Pavilion
  • Project Year

    1951

From the architect. The Cosmic Rays Pavilion represents one of the first experiments with parabolic structures. 

The double curved structure is made of a very thin layer of concrete, exemplifying its structural and design capabilities. These mathematically complex structures define the popular architecture of the pavilion’s designer Felix Candela.

Measuring 40 feet by 35 feet the pavilion, the structure contains two laboratory spaces specializing in the measurement of cosmic rays and nuclear disintegration for the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Ciudad Universitaria. It’s remarkably thin shell is quite appropriate

At its thickest point the covering reaches only 5/8 inch, one of the thinnest casts ever created. Its construction in 1951 marked one of the major advancements in concrete shell architecture. 

The exterior vertical walls are made from reinforced concrete formed in a corrugated configuration. The foundation of the shell rests upon three main arching supports which are carried down into concrete footings.

The entrance into the building comes from the undercarriage up into the first bay of the interior. Two bays are created by three main “arches”, one main parabola with two hyperbolic paraboloids, with concrete draping between.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Greg LeMaire. "AD Classics: Cosmic Rays Pavilion / Felix Candela" 22 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/158000/ad-classics-cosmic-rays-pavilion-felix-candela/>
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Luis D. · September 29, 2013

Se encuentra dentro del campus de Ciudad Universitaria, construido en 1952 (declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO) y pertenece a la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), cuya fundación data del año 1551.

strange architect · September 24, 2011

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Arturo Rodríguez · September 24, 2011

El Pabellón de Rayos Cósmicos en Ciudad Universitaria lo proyecto el Arquitecto Jorge González Reyna, el Arquitecto Félix Candela asesoro y pulió las ideas de Glez. Reyna.

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