Service node for the Huasteca National Park
Project developed over 3 days to represent UDLAP in the Alberto J. Pani Award / UNAM / 2019
The project is conceptualized as de-contained dualities to respond to the place. It gives meaning to its materiality and uses other strategies to connect itself with its context: the Huasteca National Park in Monterrey (a self-contained void of intrinsic dualities). This conceptualization seeks to emphasize the dualities of the park, but at the same time, it seeks to counter the contention of the site by proposing an open architecture that has a more direct relationship with the landscape.
The materiality of the project makes a direct reference to the place. Monterrey's history and industrial tradition, and its position as a national producer of cement and steel, grant a vernacular quality to the materials used. Also, the use of the area’s river stone helps to builds identity.
Furthermore, in the materiality lies the intrinsic duality of the place. Using industrial materials in a natural context might seem irrational. However, this action emphasizes the urban-natural duality of the area. The contrast between human-made concrete walls and stone gabions, carved by the force of the river, speaks to the duality between the city and the countryside. Also, they offer a dual reading of the interior space due to the different porosity of the materials. The gabion is open, it is light and air, while the concrete wall is solid, it is shadow and structure. In addition, while one talks about the river, another refers to the geological tectonics of the mountains.
The intrinsic duality between vertical and horizontal is also emphasized with the shape of the pavilions. There are longitudinal and vertical elements to appeal to the dual landscape.
The color of the materials is fundamental to conceptualization too. The white concrete dialogues with the white mountain rock, as well as with the boulders on the riverbed. On the other hand, the dark color of the steel elements offers another reading of duality to the project, when contrasted with the white of the stone.