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  7. Preparatoria Nuevo Continente / Miguel Montor

Preparatoria Nuevo Continente / Miguel Montor

  • 00:00 - 23 October, 2013
Preparatoria Nuevo Continente / Miguel Montor
Preparatoria Nuevo Continente / Miguel Montor, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Heroico Colegio Militar 101, Jardines de Celaya 1 Ra Sección, 38080 Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Area

    664.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Estructural Design

    Juan José Larios
  • Constructor

    Juvencio Álvarez
  • Landscape

    Entorno Taller de Paisaje
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© Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

“Nuevo Continente” High School in Celaya aimsto anchor itselftothelandscape, tomakeitoperational and achieve mutual enrichment. Thelandislocatedon a plateauoverhanginganaridwastelandwithlittlevegetation. Thebuildingblendswiththelandscape, in a similar mannertowhathappensbetween figure and background in visual perspective, whichalsocontributestomakemost of theweather, as well as tooptimize time and expenditureduringtheconstruction.

© Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

Theprocessbeganwiththesearchforthe “breaks” ontheday'sactivitiesamongtheinhabitants of thebuilding: thestudents. Theaimwastofind a balance betweenthespaces of thebuilding, totranslatetheminto a certainrhythm of emptyareasor "garden patios", emphasized by visual language.

© Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

Theresults of treatingpublicspacesthrough "breaks” can be seen in thedifferent blocks and theircapability of movement, as well as in betweentheirscales. Areaswhereactivities can be articulated by free transit, whichallowstounderstand and feelthefields of perception and action. Implosion, ratherthan a bang, highlightsthevegetationthatisslowlytakingoverthespace by creatingmicroclimates.

© Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

Thefloor lays over a thicker, receivingfloor, uponwhichthehighschool stands out withitsbuildingstructureuponbearingwalls, which at itsmaximumstructuralworkallow full use of it.

© Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

Thehorizontality and aridness of thecontextdeterminedtheearthy color of thehollowenameledbricks, used as themain material. Thestructure displays anintertwinedtexture, created by the series of openings and solidslabs, whichparticipate in thedynamicstructureconsisting of precast concrete girdersthatcorrespondtotheclassrooms, and pergolaslocated in the gaps thatmakegarden patios. Themodulation in thebuildingmakesitachievableto use a single type of partition, so doesthedetailing of thefloor.

© Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

Actingonwhatisclose, immediate, tactile, whatfirstattractsthesight, enablesustounderstandthetexture of time, and thedimensionsthat are beingmodified by theaction of thestudentsorotherpotentialvisitorstothebuilding . Thearchitecturethusachievestoblendwiththescenery and allowsthepossibility of changingtheprogram in thefuture, ifnecessary.


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Cite: "Preparatoria Nuevo Continente / Miguel Montor" 23 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884