A cultural platform in Cuernavaca

Isaac Broid and Productora have completed a cultural centre in Cuernavaca, Mexico, enhancing the relationship with the archeological site and genereting a significant public space.

Isaac Broid + Productora, Teopanzolco State Cultural Auditorium, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2017

The project for the new State Cultural Auditorium is located on a site opposite the archeological zone of Teopanzolco, a situation that proposes two fundamental strategies: on the one hand to enhance the relationship with the archeological site and on the other to generate a significant public space. The Auditorium is organized around two elements, a triangular building that contains the building’s public programs and the platform surrounding it that contains the service and operation zones, including a multipurpose black box theater.

The horizontal platform surrounding the triangular building serves as a viewing area for the archeological zone and towards the city. This grand plinth contains a series of patios, one of which, facing the secondary entrance to the auditorium, has been sunk into the ground to create a small open-air theater space. This platform generates a variety of exterior spaces and resolves the secondary access to the interior of the auditorium or to the platform itself, while incorporating the existing large trees.

Img.24 Isaac Broid + Productora, Teopanzolco State Cultural Auditorium, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2017
Isaac Broid + Productora, Teopanzolco State Cultural Auditorium, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2017

Meanwhile, the main triangular-shaped roof comprises a large stepped ramp that emerges from the intersection with the horizontal platform that surrounds it and substantially reduces the physical presence and visual impact of the new building, as well as converting the roof itself into an additional open-air auditorium, which has the archeological site as a backdrop. Both platforms descend in opposite directions and create a visual interplay of inclined planes that can be appreciated from different points of the building.

Img.25 Isaac Broid + Productora, Teopanzolco State Cultural Auditorium, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2017
Isaac Broid + Productora, Teopanzolco State Cultural Auditorium, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2017
Project:
Teopanzolco State Cultural Auditorium
Location:
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Program:
cultural centre
Architect:
Isaac Broid + Productora
Design team:
Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
Collaborators:
Gerardo Galicia, Pamela Martinez, Josue Palma, Alonso Sanchez, Rosalía Yuste, Antonio Espinoza, Diego Velazquez, Gerardo Aguilar, Jesús Minor, Juan Pablo Perez, Oswaldo Delgadillo, Mariana Toro, Valeria Alvarado, Eitan Vazquez
Structural engineering:
Colinas del Buen
Technical engineering:
Taller M2
Theatre consultant:
Alejandro Luna e Itzel Alba
Acoustic consultant:
Cristian Ezcurdia and ARUP
Lighting Design:
Luz y Forma
Bioclimatic consultant:
Bioarquitectura
Area:
7,000 sqm
Completion:
2017

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