Tijuana, Baja California
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Amorphica Design Research Office took on a collaborative project with the Universidad Iberoamericana.
This is the existing building that is over 30 years old as of 2013.
This intervention’s intentions were to transform a space in decay of life and materiality into a more livable, socially provoking space for work.
The very first ideas began emerging through various brainstorming sessions with some faculty, staff and the director of the university. It was determined at one point in the first few months of the project, that the main space to be remodeled would be for the students. A lounge café scenario where everyone in the student body would be welcome to get information, connect with faculty or just go there to relax. The project was about to start design development when a quick redirection was ordered by the University: We were now to focus on designing the administrative offices and the offices of the faculty directors and coordinators.
This was a quick and abrupt executive decision from the University in order to be able to bring the existing administrative offices from the basement up to a better place, a place where the students, faculty, staff and guests would be able to interact and have all their administrative needs taken care of in only one level. The decision of accommodating dozens of people in the open plan was taken again by the directors of the university. The overall intention to have a good amount of people working together in an open scenario is always one of more interaction, participation and transparency. The only complication was that we have very little space to accommodate many many people and to make a better (less people) arrangement was out of the question.
Thus began the incredibly fast track design project that took the whole office less than a summer to design and build. Here are some images of the process.
The fast track pace of this project literally asked to design days before the cement truck arrived, the margin of error and experimentation were high, the challenge was to be taken as the school was in terrible decay, a fragile campus with the possibility of closure. The tour-de-force of practical slave work from all of us began quickly, this all for the love of the profession, the commitment from many people from Amorphica that were once students at this university, and the next to zero budget for labor, that took us into the job site to work.
We were designing while we were teaching and instructing…
while we were fabricating and sanding and painting… while we were designing and building it ourselves.
This Master Plan for The Centro Cultural Mirador was commissioned by an agent for the the Cultural Event Entijuanarte
Universidad Iberoamericana Main Lecture Hall [ Aula Magna ]
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