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Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha

  • 01:00 - 11 August, 2011
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha, ©  Luis Gordoa
©  Luis Gordoa

©  Luis Gordoa ©  Luis Gordoa ©  Luis Gordoa ©  Luis Gordoa +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
  • Architect

    Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha
  • Project Team

    Arturo Mera , Cristobal Pliego, María Elena Reyes, , Ivan Camacho, Iris Sosa, Jose Luis Acevedo, Victor Limón, Vanessa Loya, Juan Manuel Moreno, Francisco Manterola, Daniela Gallen, Erick Hernández, Francisco Ortiz
  • Landscape Architect

    Jerónimo Hagerman
  • Furniture

    Salvador Quiroz, Iluminación Lidxi Biaani
  • Structure

    Grupo Sai.
  • Contractor

    Grupo Quart
  • Area

    8500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2001
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired was created as part of a program by the Mexico City government to provide services to one of the most disadvantaged and highly-populated areas of the city; Iztapalapa is the district with the largest visually impaired population in the Mexican capital.

©  Luis Gordoa
©  Luis Gordoa

The 14,000 sqm complex is on corner plot bordered by two avenues. A blind wall encircles the complex on its four sides and acts as an acoustic barrier as well as a retaining wall/blank to hold the earth moved from neighboring wasteland areas. In contrast to the abstract exterior, the internal facade of the boundary wall creates banks that change shape, height, and orientation, thus creating various courtyards.

©  Luis Gordoa
©  Luis Gordoa

The floor plan, meanwhile, can be read as a series of filters which stretch out from the entrance in parallel strips. The first filter is the building that houses the administrative offices, cafeteria, and utility area. The second consists of two parallel lines of buildings organized symmetrically along a central plaza. These buildings contain a store, the "tifloteca-sonoteca" (a sound and touch gallery) and five arts and crafts workshops. The third filter has the classrooms facing the gardens and the most private courtyards. Perpendicular to the entrance, a series of double-height volumes house the library, gymnasium-auditorium, and swimming pool.

rendering
rendering

The buildings are rectangular prisms, based on concrete frames and flat roofs. Each group explores different spatial and structural relationships, making each space identifiable for the user and varying size, light intensity and weight of materials: concrete, tepetate bricks, steel, and glass.

©  Luis Gordoa
©  Luis Gordoa

The Center aims to enhance spatial perception, activating the five senses as experience and source of information. A water channel runs through the center of the plaza, so that the sound of the water guides users along their way. Horizontal and vertical lines in the concrete at hand height offer tactile clues to identify each building. Six types of fragrant plants and flowers in the perimeter gardens act as constant sensors to help orientate users within the complex.

©  Luis Gordoa
©  Luis Gordoa
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha" 11 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/158301/center-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired-taller-de-arquitectura-mauricio-rocha/>
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38 Comments

PaoloC · November 11, 2015

Awful, inconsiderate architecture. Dark alleyways and hidden entries would make even the visually capable lost. The termination of the "guiding" stream does not end at any kind of visible entry point, and no one will use the textured concrete wall for navigation unless they enjoy pain and bloody fingers. Also, putting large concrete columns directly in front of doors is unacceptable, especially in an institution that is supposed to cater to the BLIND!

AndrewH · June 13, 2013

It seems to me that they would try to have created an architecture that relied more on sound, echos and tangible texture changes; than on symmetry. Beautiful outcome yet it relies solely on a visual impact and not a tactile impact.

dima Al chamaa · October 11, 2012

It is odd to have that small “stream” in the middle of the courtyard for a center for visually impaired people!!.It's just makes it harder for them to cross to the other side!!!

Amira Jauregui · November 24, 2011

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Dustin · October 28, 2011

I had to laugh when I read the title of the building and the first thing I saw was the Kahn Stream down the middle of the courtyard. That being said, I believe the architect made this stream intentionally for the blind users, you can see the stone texture next to it will guide the blind in order to reach the bridges that connect them to the other part of the building. However, I just think it is cruel. It is like letting a child touch the oven and burn himself in order to learn not to touch it next time.

James · October 29, 2011 12:09 AM

I'd say it's probably even more cruel to laugh and then compare the blind to children.

Grupodeptos · August 19, 2011

Ahora sí que échenle un ojo. Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha http://t.co/gMJUjUZ

Orlando Quintero · August 18, 2011

Los débiles visuales normalmente agudizan mas sus otros sentidos.

Quizá no vean ese canal de agua pero sí lo escuchan muy bien, al grado de dibujárselo en la mente, lo mismo pasa con las alturas de los techos, los materiales en muros, sus texturas, incluso las proporciones de los espacios. Pueden llegar a saborear mejor que uno la arquitectura.

Personalmente no creo que se haya dejado pasar el punto mas importante y claro del proyecto, la ceguera.

anonymous_arch · August 14, 2011

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Gosia Kung, AIA · August 12, 2011

The Center aims to enhance spatial perception, activating the five senses as experience and source of information. http://fb.me/14jOIZPzY

NeuroPsi Think! · August 12, 2011

http://t.co/sVV5ZjC /via @ArchDaily excellent example of bioscience & architecture collaboration. More is needed.

paul schütze · August 12, 2011

Wonderful use of texture and sound to guide the visually impared through an architectural environment: http://j.mp/oljP0V

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vee · August 12, 2011

Usually love their work, but this time I see a lot of proportions and details that are completely amiss. The inspiration drawn from from Louis Kahn went a bit too far, and looks more like a very poor (not to say bad) copy of a series of his works (references to four Kahn's projects spring to mind). Disappointing.

SOMEONEWHOCARESABOUTBLINDPEOPL · May 28, 2013 08:17 AM

YOU ARE A RETARD WHO MISSED THE POINT OF THIS PROJECT

word · August 11, 2011

one would think that a building for the blind would yield some other kind of architecture...said another way, I wouldn't know this project is impacted by any kind of exceptional program at all without being told

Why? · August 11, 2011

It seems cruel to put a small "stream" in the middle of the courtyard for a center for visually impaired and blind. I know, why don't we make it harder for them to cross to the other side!!! Might as well add some low hanging trees too!

Mahmut Ozkaynaklar · August 12, 2011 12:40 AM

I was actually just thinking about that. I guess they want them to stumble and fall down so they have less people to worry about. XD Its like an obstacle course, if you can survive that building, you can live anywhere!!!

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