- Pabéllon del Desierto ISAD for Mextrópoli
The “Pabéllon del Desierto”, or “Desert Pavilion” was created for the fifth edition of MEXTRÓPOLI, an event organised by magazine Arquine which, for four days, transforms Mexico City into a forum dedicated to architecture, gathering architects, town planners, students, artists and influencers.
This temporary architecture was created by the workshop “Taller del Desierto”, organised by ISAD (Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño, the Higher Institute of Architecture and Design) of Chihuahua, where students design and build an intervention for a specific public space. In 2017, the pavilion “Manos a mi Parque”, a series of metal structures containing furniture and supporting a pergola made out of repurposed wooden pallets, was built in a neighbourhood in the outskirts of the city of Chihuahua. The design was also the result of the collaboration between the architects of studio Urbánika and those who actually lived in the neighbourhood.
This year, a variation of the pavilion was presented at the Mextrópoli architecture festival in Mexico City. It was also the only project coming from Northern Mexico.The main objective was to take advantage of the replicability and adaptability of modules to create a temporary intervention in the Alameda Central, the oldest public garden in the American continent and the very heart of the Mextrópoli events.
This way, the architects proposed two volumes whose spatial layout responds to the environment around the kiosk of the Alameda to create a new space that establishes a dialogue with the surrounding circular benches. A third module was installed, perpendicular to the kiosk, along the path leading to the Fuente de las Américas and the Hemiciclo, the monument dedicated to Juárez.
The three modules of the pavilion were painted green to create a contrast with the context, whatever that context could be: the deserted landscape of Chihuahua, as it happened last year, or the Alameda Central of Mexico City, with its flowering jacarandas.
This is an absolutely sustainable intervention, as temporary architectures are easy to mount and dismount and are realised with recycled industrial materials. The pavilion offers to passers-by benches and shade, a resting area and an informal meeting place. It represents an added value for the events of the Mextrópoli festival and is a tangible proof of the fact that urban fittings improve the quality of life of the citizens who can live and use the city spaces
Project: Pabellón del Desierto ISAD
Academic Institution: Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño de Chihuahua ISAD
Contact email: email@example.com
Construction area: 44 sqm
Location: Mexico City
Photography: Adlai Pulido www.adlaipulido.com
Aerial photography: Arturo Arrieta www.arturoarrieta.com
Adaptation and planning: Rodrigo Seáñez, Federico Campos, Miguel Corral, Juan Castillo, Karina Manríquez, Sergio Enríquez, Miguel Heredia
Taller del Desierto 2017 tutors: Luiso Maís Galán, Rodrigo Seáñez, Juan Castillo, Miguel Villalba
Construction: Juan Castillo, Cesar Carrillo
Team: Susana San Juan, Daniel Torres, Gerardo García, Mariano Martínez, Alexis Pereda, Manuel Escalante, Karen Beltrán, Luis Fernando Galván
Graphic design: Cassandra Ontiveros
Sponsors: Fundación Grupo Bafar, IHO Espacios, Materiales Américas, Kalisch Acero