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  7. Learning Center / Sebastian Mariscal Studio

Learning Center / Sebastian Mariscal Studio

  • 01:00 - 7 March, 2010
Learning Center / Sebastian Mariscal Studio
Learning Center / Sebastian Mariscal Studio, © Rebecca Wilson
© Rebecca Wilson

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tijuana, Mexico
  • Architects

    Sebastian Mariscal Studio
  • Project Team

    Sebastian Mariscal, Dominique Houriet, Dario Alvarez
  • Project Manager

    Dario Alvarez
  • Landscape

    Marcie Harris Landscape Architecture
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The city of Tijuana is in constant acceleration as it keeps pace with the people that rush to approach it with increasing intensity. It offers the virtue of contrast for this Learning Center clothed in aged wood.

The façade bears no signs and no indication of what the building holds, rather it invites the curious visitor to find for himself a plaza where water pours slowly into a pool, calling the sun’s rays to dance on its surface. The light is reflected onto concrete walls with the worn texture of imperfection that is characteristic of the passage of time.

© Rebecca Wilson
© Rebecca Wilson

The journey continues to a corridor narrow enough for a single person. This creates an awareness of the building’s palette: the light that falls on the concrete walls, the silence that shares the halls with mystery, and the sky above framed by the various volumes.

This path turns and leads to a standing body of water and a sunken garden. Suddenly the water bubbles, splashes over its edges and in seconds becomes still once again. Here the day seems to pause while the aralias continue to grow. Adjacent to this area is an expansive room with an archive of books. The glass walls slide open and invite the exterior to share in its space.

© Rebecca Wilson
© Rebecca Wilson

Light travels across the garden and finds an opening between two walls, where a step presents itself and offers its surface to one’s feet. Turning the corner, the steps lead up to an unknown space, darker than the rest, which holds the visitor until a wall swings open to a roof garden. Native succulents bask as the gravel offers a path to a deck, surrounded by rosemary.

© Rebecca Wilson
© Rebecca Wilson

The day ends as one takes refuge in a room similar to a monk’s chamber. With little more than a writing surface and a space for books, the private retreat allows one to wait for another day of introspec- tion and reflection.

© Rebecca Wilson
© Rebecca Wilson
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Alexis Ávila · December 14, 2010
Alexis Ávila · December 14, 2010

@Tonope @diemonte @haghen90 @b_rnardo @samantha_ma6

urko · March 10, 2010

the private school looks like a spa, I guess that expresses its expensiveness

totan had some close idea

INawe · March 09, 2010

As always... Sebastian and his great minimalist use of materials. Bravo.

nico · March 08, 2010

Nice project and nice work, details architecture!!!

seda kurt · March 08, 2010

Nice project, congratulations.

Anton · March 08, 2010

Like it, even its like "Ando + Nature"

brian david · March 08, 2010

beauty in simplicity

Michael · March 08, 2010

Forget the Learning Centre, what the f*ck is that monstrosity in the background?!?!?!?!

Salvador Alejandro · March 09, 2010 02:50 PM

Is a school haha, I live close. O and a private expensive one.

josep · March 08, 2010 09:22 PM

haha! I agree but this project is simply beautiful and warm even with its background!


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