International competition: Archivo Pavilion

Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, in partnership with Domus, calls for multidisciplinary international practices to develop a pavilion for public use in a peculiar modernist context in Mexico City.

The recently inaugurated Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura , alongside Domus and its local edition Domus México , make an open call to submit proposals for an outdoor temporary pavilion for public use. The selected proposal will be built and installed at the gardens of Archivo with the aim of activating its facilities and surroundings through a proposal that incorporates innovative design and architectural ideas.

Archivo emerged in 2012 as a space for revising, collecting, promoting, exhibiting and broadcasting design in its many outlets. It sets out to establish itself as a precedent and referent when working with different curatorial and exhibition frames, contests, colloquiums, and other activities that can ignite a critical exchange between design and architecture — always underlying its relationship with a broader public. Accordingly, with the aid and guidance of Domus, Archivo launches its first international competition.

Located immediately beside the iconic Casa Estudio Luis Barragán , Archivo forms part of a new cultural circuit that is rooted in local history. Taking into consideration the historical qualities of the site and context, the Archivo Pavilion must be able to host two specific audiences: the design and local community. Upon committing to build and install the winning proposal, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura seeks to establish a dialogue between the design community and the visitors to neighboring institutions such as LABOR Galería de Arte Contemporáneo and Casa Estudio Luis Barragán.

The Archivo Pavilion initiative is a direct response to the lack of public community spaces in the neighborhood. The project's main goal is to counteract this condition through an open temporary structure and its architectural and design program.

1. Objectives
2. Jury
3. Calendar of activities
4. Proposal guidelines
5. Requirements and submission guidelines
6. About Archivo
Top: Interior view of main gallery, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Mexico City; Above: View of exterior facade from Francisco Ramirez street, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Mexico City
Top: Interior view of main gallery, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Mexico City; Above: View of exterior facade from Francisco Ramirez street, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Mexico City
 
 
1. Objectives

Through the commission of a functional pavilion, Archivo seeks to activate its facilities with the aim of increasing the public usage of both site and context. With an approximate duration of one year, the Archivo Pavilion installation aims to strengthen the relationship with its audience and the local community at large by addressing the lack of communal space.

The ambition is to create a functional pavilion that can host approximately thirty people; where through its suggested design program, it can transform the building's activities.

Areal view of Archivo context, Mexico City
Areal view of Archivo context, Mexico City
 
 
2. Jury

The jury will select a proposal to be developed and built in the gardens of Archivo. Aside from receiving a monetary incentive of 5,000 USD , the winning proposal will be published in Domus, Domus México, and Domusweb.it. Upon the jury's criteria, a selection of honorable mentions will also be published in Domusweb.it. The international jury
members are:

Ambra Medda (Co-founder, Design Miami/Basel; founder, A.M.O.)
Catalina Corcuera (Director, Casa Estudio Luis Barragán)
Joseph Grima (Editor in chief, Domus)
Miquel Adrià (Founder and editor, Arquine)
Paola Antonelli (Curator, MoMA, NY)
Yvés Behar (Founder, fuseproject)
 
 
3. Calendar of activities

September 11, 2012: Open call announcement
November 09, 2012: Submission deadline
November 30, 2012: Jury selection
December 10, 2012: Results announcement
December/January 2013: Development of shop drawings
February 11, 2013: Construction of Archivo Pavilion begins
April 08, 2013: Inauguration of Archivo Pavilion

The project's main goal is to counteract the lack of public community spaces in the neighborhood, through an open temporary structure and its architectural and design program
Left: View from main gallery to garden; Right: View from garden
Left: View from main gallery to garden; Right: View from garden
 
 
4. Proposal Guidelines

a) Proposals must be dynamic and experimental approximations that respond to Archivo's motivations and that pay particular attention to its context.
b) The temporary pavilion must be a flexible space that can accommodate and host different activities such as lectures, workshops, workstations, concerts, informal meetings, presentations, etc.
c) It must be a temporary installation with a maximum height of 3 meters.
d) The proposal should include all the necessary infrastructure to offer food and beverage services.
e) Proposals must well-rounded and incorporate furniture and illumination in the design.
f) The area of action is approximately 70 — 90 square metres.
g) The immediate context of the garden and house must be taken into account. Proposals shall not interfere with the essence of the neighboring institutions (detailed drawings available at Archivo's website ).
h) The budget for construction of the pavilion is
approximately 30,000 USD .
i) The Archivo Pavilion is supported by MASISA and HunterDouglas , who have kindly offered to contribute with materials for the pavilion. The use of these will be taken under consideration. A list with specifications on the available materials can be found in Archivo's website .
Interior view of main gallery, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Mexico City
Interior view of main gallery, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Mexico City
 
 
5. Requirements and submission guidelines

Participation is free and open to all. To participate you must send all required material through the website archivonline.org/concursopabellon before 11:59pm on November 09, 2012 .

The required submission materials are the following:
1. Cover sheet that states name of project, list of team members specifying professions, and contact information.
2. A project statement of no more than five hundred words that clearly defines the relation between the project and the competition's ambitions.
3. From three to five visual layouts detailing the project's concept. These must be letter or tabloid size pdf files.
4. Preliminary budget.

Files must be uploaded as .zip containing all requirements in pdf files. Graphic material must have a resolution of 72 dpi for digital review. An additional folder including these must have a 300 dpi resolution for reproduction.

Participants are asked to keep projects in confidentiality until after winners are announced.

For questions of further information please contact pabellon@archivonline.org

Interior view of small gallery, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Mexico City
Interior view of small gallery, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Mexico City
 
 
6. About Archivo

Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura recently linked itself into the history of a historical block, adding a new layer to Francisco Ramírez street in Mexico City. Amid a working class neighborhood, the street offers a thorough glance of modernist Mexican architecture in just one block. Located next to iconic modernist buildings such as Casa Ortega, with its fabulous three thousand square meters of Barragan gardens, and the actual Casa Estudio Luis Barragán, Archivo offers its visitors an opportunity to appreciate examples of one of the most interesting episodes of cultural development in Mexico.

Luis Barragán designed Casa Ortega in 1945, and in 1947 he sold the land where Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura is currently located to build his own house. Therefore, Archivo's garden is without a doubt spectacular, since it follows on the original gardens designed by architect Luis Barragán. Hence, it is essential not to contradict the essence of the space.

Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura is located in a new cultural conclave that has been forming itself for several years. The corridor formed by the San Miguel Chapultepec and Tacubaya boroughs is characterized for being a thriving cultural hub in Mexico City.

NOTE

It is of the utmost importance that the proposals do not top the height of the adjacent walls (south and west) in order not to visually interfere with the gardens of Casa Ortega and Casa Estudio Luis Barragán (Francisco Ramírez no. 20, 14 and 12). The National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) will safeguard that these requirements are kept, as Casa Estudio Luis Barragán is a cultural heritage site and located immediately next to Archivo.

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