Productora designed a cultural center that blends with its surroundings

Using locally-sourced materials, Productora designed a new cultural center for the small town of Teotitlán del Valle, near Oaxaca, Mexico.

Productora, Community Cultural Center, Teotitlán del Valle, 2017

Productora designed a Community Cultural Center for the small town of Teotitlán del Valle, next to Oaxaca, Mexico. The new spaces will host the collections and activities of the present Teotitlán Museum of History, the Municipal Library and a service area. The architectural volume takes into consideration the adverse climatic conditions with a palette of locally-produced materials such as pigmented concrete, timber, clay tiles and bricks that blend to its context. The aesthetics of the immediate surroundings is what actually determined the height, colorsand materials used.

The Mexican studio opted for 30 cm-thick neutral concrete walls, double-slab sloping roofs and controlled openings to create a passive system that helps to regulate the temperature inside the building and provides users with a comfortable space, with no need of air conditioning.

The main volume, facing the village square, houses the Museum, while the secondary building contains the library and service area. The total built floor represents only the 18% of the whole surface area available, allowing for large public spaces with a plaza and several gardens, improving the pedestrian routes and the connection to the town’s center.

Teotitlán del Valle Community Cultural Center
Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles, Víctor Jaime – PRODUCTORA
Rosalía Yuste, Josue Palma, Pamela Martínez, Antonio Espinoza, Andrés Rivadeneyra, Iván Villegas
Main contractor:
Bonarq (Ismael Rojas)
Structural engineering:
Kaltia Consultores (Verónica Correa) and DAE (Juan Felipe Heredia)
Technical engineering :
BioE (Alejandro Lirusso)
Entorno Taller de Paisaje (Hugo Sánchez)
1,700 sqm

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