TV Azteca Film & TV Sets Campus / at103

  • 27 Dec 2012
  • Institutional Architecture Selected Works
© Enrique Macias Martinez

Architects: at103
Location: Xico,
Design Team: Hanni Paz, Sara Ellenberger, Edward O’Donnell, Eugenio Lara ,Aida Hurtado Sofía Martínez, Maxime Hurdequint,Travis Hope
Area: 11,870 sqm
Proyect Year: 2012
Photographs: Enrique Macias Martinez

Construction: 2012
Structural Engeneer: Javier Ribe
Mechanics And Electricity: AKF
Illumination: Luis Lozoya
Models: at 103 (Roberto Rodríguez, Aarón Rivera)

The recently completed TV Azteca Film & TV Sets transforms a complex program of performing arts and TV sets, into a clever game of open and close spaces.

© Enrique Macias Martinez

The project responds to a proposal that integrates into a single area, the television channel’s requirements for filming, which were previously done in rented sets or locations, adding cost of logistics, transportation.

© Enrique Macias Martinez

We densified a space that originally had no specific purpose. Being located in the back of some existing sets, a public square was recreated to serve workers and actors; thus generating an envelope that transforms the scale of the mentioned elements, because of the unusual scheme of the surrounding sets, representing an uncommon exercise in structure, acoustic and mobility.;


at103 is interested in linking public and private space so as to experience a different use than the usual, by pushing the usual practice to a point where it generates new experiences, sensations and atmospheres.

© Enrique Macias Martinez

The formal project is the result of extruding a diagram of relationships with internal and external programs: 7 sets, backstage area, makeup area, cubicles: audio, video, programming, sitting areas, coffee shop, lounge, classrooms, VIP area, parking hoists, terraces, cafeteria, courtyards, gardens and helipad. On the outside we chose a black terracotta material that unifies the complex and enables the dialogue with the exterior through louvers and subtle insertions of lines filled with LEDs lights that transmit real-time information of what happens on and off the set. Roofs are spaces that can be used for filming, special events or gathering areas.

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