2016 AIA Institute Honor Awards, Mariposa Land Port
- 2016 AIA Institute Honor Awards, Mariposa Land Port
One of the recipients of the 2016 AIA Institute Honor Awards is the renovation and expansion project of the Mariposa Land Port of Entry (MLPOE), located on the US Arizona-Mexico border, and an important transit port between the two countries.
The project is in the middle of the Sonoran desert, near Nogales and was commissioned to facilitate customs processing, to clear traffic back-up and to make the infrastructure more welcoming, with special attention going to the desert climate. This zone is continuing to expand and the cross-border traffic has made it necessary to come up with a new, general concept of the area of about 230,000 square metres. The architects from Jones Studio responded with three new volumes, referencing the US flag with three colours that clearly separate the functions (red for private vehicles, white for foot traffic and blue for commercial vehicles).
The project by Jones Studio is based around the landscape garden, a green ribbon and natural oasis to cool down and relax in, for the land port workers as well as for pedestrians crossing the border who until now were forced to queue along the road. The green is sustainably maintained by the monsoon waters harvested and stored underground.
The project itself reveals the political role of the architecture and how attentive urban planning can change the way we feel about how we are treated as much as our perception of a space. The award to Mariposa Land Port of Entry is a step in the right direction towards architecture reaching out and not just limiting itself to iconic towers or dream homes.
Project: Jones Studio http://jonesstudioinc.com/
Artists: Matthew Moore (“Passage”); Kimsooja (“An Album: Sewing into Borderlines”)
Construction Manager: Vanir Construction Management (phase 1); Heery International (phase 2-4b)
Engineering - Civil/Security/Transportation/Surveying: Stantec
Engineer - Electrical/Lighting Design: Woodward Engineering
Engineer - Geotechnical: West Technologies
Engineer - Mechanical: Associated Mechanical Engineers
Engineer - Structural: Bakkum Noelke Consulting Structural Engineers
Fire Protection: EJ Engineering Group; Stantec
General Contractor: Hensel Phelps
Landscape Architect: Chris Winters & Associates; ARC Studios
LEED Consultant: Green Ideas
Wayfinding: Stantec; Jones Studio
Photo Credit © Timmerman Photography