2012 | Living Collage
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proposal for Archivo Pavillion

with Erdem Tuzun and Isaac Michan in collabration with MAP/MX


“It would be a mistake to think that the painter works on a white and virgin surface. The entire surface is already invested virtually with all kinds of clichés, which the painter will have to brake with”. (Gilles Deleuze, The Logic of Sensation)

The project operates between the different fields of forces that already exist on the site and rather than resisting them they are used as design tools to integrate the surroundings into the pavilion. By taking advantage of the site’s given conditions we are creating a living collage which operates and is conceived as both a fixed object and an open ended condition. Because of the duality between these opposite ideas we were able to generate consistency and contradiction, specificity and randomness, fixed views and flexible frames, all at the same time. The project proposes a pavilion which is in a constant evolution, not because it changes but because of its visual and programmatic potential.

Rather than conceiving it with some sort of symbolic re-presentation of the surrounding context, we want to leave its meaning open, commemorating public space throughout its use and interaction with people; throughout a democratic space, allowing users to give its own understanding and meaning. The project gives a different perspective of its environment. As the pavilion is built with mirrors panels the landscape of the project is not only the area in which the pavilion sits, but also its neighbors; from Luis Barragan’s Casa Estudio backside façade and garden to Av Constituyentes. We will create a surreal space where places that are not easily perceived together can meet. The placement of the mirror planes respond to the certain contextual conditions such as views, program and flow patterns as well as to some degree of randomness that will provoke unpredicted experiences and views, ones that we cannot even imagine. The engagement of the visitor with the pavilion will set the final touch to the design process.

If Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, is known for its spectacular location (next to Luis Barragan’s Casa Estuddio) why don’t we take advantage and bring it into the pavilion to get a different perspective as well to meet with archivo diseno y arquitectura landscape and architecture.
The pavilion is conceived as an open ended playground where there are some fixed views that frame specific areas but because of the disposition and materiality of the project there are multiples views and interactions that the pavilion can give to its users.
The pavilion can also be conceived as a hybrid urban piece of furniture, gradually emerging from one program to other, forming canopies, platforms, benches and everything that the user will create. In other words, it is a living playground; it will invite people to a mutual interaction and will awake their creativity.