Architects: Isaac Broid + Jorge Covarrubias + Mauricio Rocha
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Client: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto
From the architect. Playgrounds are the special domain of children, Wooden Structure was conceived as an opportunity for adults to experience childhood a second time. In the siting, this pavilion is positioned in one of the courts of the Contemporary Art Museum of Oaxaca, surrounded by Tatiana’s Bilbao previous intervention on the walls of the court.
The Pavilion is just a structure made from wooden beams that have been discarded as part of the renovation of the building. Uprooted from the tamped earth that covers the patio, a first layer of beams starts an unequal spiral interrupted by an access hidden to the eye.
Gradually, the pyramid body narrows and changes shape, but it´s not rectified until the crown, where a lookout place has been provided for the perched voyeur to catch a glimpse of an inhabited horizon of roofs in poor condition and brand updated temples.
The opposite happens on the inside, with the rough sutures of rusty wire and keloid edges disappearing from the semantic program. A lattice filters the sunlight into the sheltered space, which operates as a resting place from the constant harassment suffered by the inhabitants of the city of Oaxaca due to the intense summer sun.
This Pavilion is a place that combines retreat and meditation, provision of temporary shelter with an inducement to participate in specific acts of memory, contemplation, and philosophical speculation.