Xochimilco

Type

Experimental

Year

2014

Place

CDMX, Mexico

Xochimilco: the only remaining remainder of the lacustrine landscape of the Aztec capital on which Mexico City was built. Divided in two areas; the north holds the ecology while the south contains the tourism, where colorful boats called trajineras take tourists through existing canals within Xochimilco.

Due to uncontrolled urban expansion, several problems “viruses” have emerged. Our project functions as a vaccine to eradicate the virus and to create a link between the north and the south with an ecological touristic area.

The Station works as a natural space with no restrictions and no specific path for the user. People discover the building as the roof strips unveil different views and formal points of attraction, generating mystery for the discovery of new and flowing spaces.

Nature expresses itself as a learning center exposing the main components of Xochimilco as they intertwine within the building. As natural light permeates through the roof openings one can feel integrated and embraced by nature.

Xochimilco Urban Growth - The Virus

Xochimilco Urban Growth - The Virus

The Museum

The Museum

Xochimilco Natural Museum

Xochimilco Natural Museum

Xochimilco Natural Museum - Interior

Xochimilco Natural Museum - Interior

The Chinampas

The Chinampas