This article is part of our 'Innovative Materials' series where we ask architects about the creative process behind choosing the materials they use in their work. The Museo Internacional del Barroco (International Baroque Museum) by Toyo Ito is located 7km from Puebla, Mexico. The place is noted for its easy access, not only for cars, but also for being connected to a network of bike paths and public transport. In this interview we spoke with Alejandro Bribiesca Ortega and Miriam Carrada. What were the main materials used for this project? AB / MC: Undoubtedly the most important material in the project was concrete, as it made it possible to bring Toyo Ito’s design to life, including its curved and twisted walls up to 15 meters high that lean up to 17° in places. The construction system, specially designed for the MIB, used precast concrete walls and slabs that, in addition to being the structure of the building itself, give the final finishing. The slabs, composed of precast gray concrete tablets 7 cm thick, use recycled PET spheres to make them lighter; While the panels that make up the walls are formed by two plates of white concrete between 15 and 21 meters high and 36 cm thick that, once placed in place, were cast with gray concrete to form monolithic sandwich walls.
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