- Architecture and sport: A boxing gym in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Sport and architecture: a combination not restricted to major works like the World Cup 2014 stadiums or the futuristic creations built for the Olympics.
The project by Urbánika for a boxing gym in a tough neighbourhood like Chihuahua, is proof positive that even on a tight budget, a little work and local materials go a long way to carving out spaces for leisure and improving the quality of life.
This municipal facility replaces the former improvised structures, turning the site into a protected gym where locals can gather to train and to fight in the ring.
The concrete bricks on the façade have been rotated slightly from their centreline, to give it a rough, handcrafted pattern, partly referencing the rough skin of a boxer and stressing the handcrafted artistry of the textural work.
A photographer was invited to take shots of the boxers and coaches, leveraging the ties between users and building, which has turned into a real social and public amenity. Actually, the gym designed by Urbánika has become the community’s new heart.
Project: Urbánika http://urbanika.com.mx/
Area: 659 m2
Location: Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Mexico
Client: Municipio de Chihuahua / Instituto Municipal de Deporte / CONADE
Photography: Guadalupe Campos / Theo Leinad
Design: Federico Campos, Oscar Chávez
Project Team: Leoncio Ceballos, Ana Lucia Lozoya, Jose Sánchez, Lorena Méndez / Supervisión: Humberto Mendoza, Adriana Baca
Structural Engineers: Ing. Mario Aragón
Electrical wiring and lighting: GYA Consultores
MEO: Arq. Myrna Ortega