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Itinerant Threshold

2012
Location: México D.F. Miguel Hidalgo
Client: Archivo Diseño Casa Barragan
Project Status: Concurso

While walking around what was once the old town of Tacubaya we hit upon a whole set of daily activities that integrate an important part of what urban life in Mexico City means. Along the sidewalk, appearing through the thresholds, we found the wood workshop, typical food stands, beer and grocery dispensers, hardware stores, garages, etc… Instead of these being exceptions, we realized that they set the rule. As evident as it may seem, this essential quality is only perceptible for those who either live in the area or dare to walk around it. The way in which city and private spaces are related in Tacubaya has everything to do with whichever program is allocated in these thresholds. They are the connectors between private and public life. Therefore, and as the most intuitive and accurate way to generate a straight bond between the city and the new Pabellón Archivo, it is imminent to consider program in thresholds as a typology of solution. The site is located in the border of Tacubaya and Av. Constituyentes. Actually the wall of Archivo may seem as a fortress when seen from Constituyentes, one of the city’s most impotant avenues. It performs as a barrier not only between the city and the barrio, but mainly between the surroundings and the whole Barragan Complex. However, there is an important flow of pedestrians walking along these walls, transiting between bus stops at Periferico or the Children Museum, and the Metro station or Chapultepec. The only way to transform the Archivo into a genuine public space that relates Tacubaya with the rest of the city is by opening itself to the latest. THE DOOR ON THE WALL MOST BE OPENED! Our proposal focuses on solving this condition through a piece that promotes a straight forward relationship between the city and the garden by generating not only physical but visual, tactile, olfactory and programmatic relations. We appeal to curiosity. It becomes the bait that incites the creation of a space where new social interactions can happen. The Scissor Mechanism The object is structured through a teak lumber scissor mechanism. It allows us to workout out programmatic needs. The pavilion is a light, flexible and transportable structure that may hold a great variety of activities. Although it works like a beautiful piece of furniture, it generates a powerful architectural space. It is composed by two main parts: 1.A fixed wooden module holding the bar and hydraulic and electrical fixtures 2.A flexible wooden, transparent, structure, which holds the program. The entire mechanism is subject to solve changes both in height and length. Therefore we designed a skin that is based on the concept of a concertina, same as the scissor structure. This skin allows for translucency while protecting the space from the outside sun and rain. Its materiality consists of the typical colorful sunshades used in itinerant markets around the city. The flooring system is made out of MASISA HR pieces. It is dismountable and adaptable to the pavilion size mode. The flexibility of the object is what allows it to work as both a threshold form the outside and a contemplation space in the inside, without compromising any of them. We therefore present a pavilion in the garden, an auditorium, a cafeteria, or a workshop. All of these able to establish a relationship between garden, city, and the pavilion itself. The pavilion belongs to the garden and permits a new way of colonizing it: it establishes a frontal relationship with the Archivo Diseño - Arquitectura by creating a green surface to linger, while it also generates a more private area between the adjacent walls and itself. The structure is respectful of heights and views. It is designed to become both a public life attractor and a private and elegant garden pavilion.