Architects: Taller Veinticuatro
Location: Tampico, Tamps., Mexico
Architect in Charge: Ulises Zúñiga, Graciela López, Gabriel de la Torre, Hanni Paz, Luz Sánchez
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ramiro Chaves, LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo
From the architect. It has been decided to create a series of worlds and environments that occur throughout the school, a great variety of spaces for participation and privacy, where the individuals can develop personally and collectively. Water mirrors, wooded courtyards, and lush gardens screen intellectual activity. Innovation becomes a mean of inspiration for the men and women to be formed.
The T-shaped plot and rugged topography were decisive for the intervention premises. The parking lot exploits such topography to reduce excavation and to optimize the use of space. The structure has been resolved simply and totally modulated, which added to the use of apparent materials shows the proper optimization of the resources.
It was determined as the most optimal scheme for the program the one with two intercepted and rotated volumes. The complementary areas are developed all along the plot, performing filtering functions which allow a gradual transition between public and private zones. The classrooms are rotated for optimum environmental conditions.
Lacking the institute of a representative element, the chapel over the entrance square becomes the new icon that will vibrate in the collective memory. It will generate high quality public space in an area with an important vehicular impact, providing a new vision to the city development as well as generating a large space for interaction and coexistence.
The auditorium, planned to be built in a second phase, represents the students' efforts and accomplishments, a sports icon, a new message, an offer, and a development opportunity for Tampico's youth.
Its bioclimatic design and the use of sustainable technologies reduce the environmental impact. Water recollection, energy-saving cross-ventilation systems, and natural lighting in all the area, make the Cultural Institute of Tampico become a Natural School...