AMDE

Urban Pavilion. Abierto Mexicano de Diseño. 

Downtown. Mexico City

Seleccionado en concurso de propuestas

AMDE. Urban Pavilion. Abierto Mexicano de Diseño. 

Downtown. Mexico City

Seleccionado en concurso de propuestas

 

Our proposal is inspired in the improvised elaboration of the residents of their own urban furniture throughout the city. The proposed pavilion recovers the idea of the urban forum, in its physical sense, reduced to the minimum in a small square (a little more than 4 meters long on each side) that signals a center location (square of 2.40 meters long on each side); bleachers formed by squared bench modules of different heights, joined to each other. The element is a participation game in itself, that offers different ways of seating and even allows children to jump from module to module.

Regarding materiality we decided to use pieces that are easy to handle by the user of the public space in a way that they could buildtheir own surroundings on their own. In this case we chose an object belonging to popular culture, a “LEGO” piece that EverBlock offers in the dimensions 30x15x15cm. We adjusted them into 60x60cm squares on the ground, forming overlapped rows. 

The great variety of colors that the catalog has, allows the chromatic adaptation of the furniture pieces to the local cultural patterns, personalizing the most representative element of the public space, a forum formed by benches. 

The mounting system is playful and easy to understand, ideal for processes of self-construction and progressive growth (or decrease). The occupation time of an urban space is ephemeral so it must be transformable. 

 

Credits:

 

97. Urban Pavilion. Abierto Mexicano de Diseño. | Conceptual and Architectonic Project. Executive Project. | Client: Abierto de Diseño Mexicano | Authors: José de Villar, Carlos Chacón | Collaborators: Alejandro Cuevas (Architect), Isaura Cabrera | Photography: Jaime Navarro | Centro Histórico. Ciudad de México. 2019.