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People are the real protagonists of the spaces, not the walls ... But in the eyes of world architecture is the true protagonist of the cities. - Arq. Ovier Gonzรกlez Loustaunau -


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Corporate Office Building, Lace Plaza .................................. 8 1st International Contest URBIS/Cuatla 2010 .................... 20 Canacintra School for Entrepreneurs ................................. 30 Rodeo Arena Chihuahua ...................................................... 38 Bilingual School “Rudyard Kipling” ..................................... 50 Cruz Azul Soccer School ...................................................... 58 Wall House ........................................................................... 66 Stoeve House ........................................................................ 70 L House ................................................................................. 71 About Ovier .......................................................................... 72


“Architecture is an art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being� - Luis Barragan -


MAY / 2011

CORPORATE office building, Lace Plaza Project developed in collaboration with Orlando Solano Parra. Concept: Social Tissue “Chihuahua lives� is a social program that has the principal objective to strength the social tissue among residents of Chihuahua city. This supposes a complete union between government and society that gives as a result the improvement of the quality of life. Using this same concept of union and coordination between government and society the design translate it in two coordinate volumes and depends one from the other interlacing and simulating the strengthening of the social tissue.


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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project was focused and lead by a government program called “CHIHUAHUA LIVES” and its motto “STRENGHTENING OF THE SOCIAL TISSUE”.

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This project was designed for a contest which would represent new ideas for the downtown Chihuahua. The architectural program includes an office building and a commercial plaza. As a result of the contest, 10 projects among all 42 where chosen. There was an expose of its concept and architectural contribution to the city in the city hall, in front of reporters, attendants and the new governor of the state.


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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Having analyzed the historical center of the city of Chihuahua, it was determined that it is a fact that the historic elements and buildings are few. The zone of the project became more as a commercial and governmental area, marginalized by its insecurity. It is by this that the project proposes a reconstruction of the area with a long-term vision that gives emphasis at the truly important historic elements; it frames them in a contemporary architectural typology. This will give a sense of longevity and importance of these historic

buildings, emphasizing the perseverance and conservancy of them despite the modernization of the city, and specifically of its urban center. An example of this would be the San Patrick Church in New York. It is conserved and has the emphasis that this kind of construction would need.


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ABOUT THE BUILDING

The architectural program stipulates 30,000 square meters of offices and a commercial plaza divided in two terrains of construction area. Because of the magnitude of the project and the lack of space on the terrains it was proposed distribute the building vertically, this way it will represent the progress and the monumentality of this important social program. The strengthening of the social tissue is represented interlacing as a manner of tissue, government and society simulating working together for its correct functionality and progress. Architecturally it is traduced in two elements dependents one from another. The movement supposes the constantly changing life and in movement in witch we live. The union of the verticality and the monumentality of the building with the social tissue of government and society its traduced in 3 portent lifting elements that depend one from the other. They represent the progress and improvement of the life quality of Chihuahua’s people. When we translate the landmark term to the urbanistic and arquitectonic language, it refers to that specific points in the urban plot that are so significant, either by its material presence or by its symbolic meaning.

Introducing geometric restrictions on the parametric design and with the use of the Fibonacci sequence to determine the points of sequential union in the structural mesh, it was possible to reduce the quantity of steel that would have been needed incase of applying a conventional structure criterion.


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“The architect is not free, but the artist is... The architect works with his head, but the artist with his heart� - Serguei Ouissik -


SEPT / 2010

1ST INTERNATIONAL CONTEST URBIS/CUAUTLA 2010 The project was made in collaboration with Guillermo Valles Chacon, Alejandra Templeton Mireles, Daniela Pando Carrera and Orlando Solano Parra. Concept: Tree The concept of this project was based on a tree. The form inspired by this idea an abstract tree looked in an upside view. Not only was the form involved but also by the functionality that the nature of a tree provides like recycling water, obtaining sunlight and transforming all this to make all the project a green space.


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1st Place ABOUT THE PROJECT

This proposal won the first place in the contest for the creation of a new project in the downtown of Cuaultla Morelos. It includes a theatre a commercial area and an informatics library. The concept was conceived by the location of the project, Cualtla. Cuautla means “plantation of trees” in Nahuatl (native language in ancient times). Each area of the project represents a specific part of a tree. The theatre represents the trunk of the tree. It’s the main area of the project so it’s the strongest part. The commercial area represents the branches. In this space people can walk and shop in the downside area. The visitors can also walk in the green roofs that the project provides. Finally the design of technologic library, which is suspended by its own struc

PICTORIC DESCRIPTION OF THE CONCEPT

ture, was conceived as the representation of the fruit of knowledge. By this the entire project sustains the concept of a tree. A flow of water crosses all the commercial area and ends in the inside part of the theatre. This manage of landscape represents the flow of the water in a tree going from its roots to the end of its branches providing the building of water and maintaining the green roof. The project is designed to recollect all the water from rain and recycles it to maintain it functioning as well as the sunlight.


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ABOUT THE BUILDING

The contest was made to commemorate the 200 anniversary of the independence of Mexico. So we decided to incorporate an outside museum. But the idea was the people wouldn’t notice. This was possible by using a translucent concrete (a Mexican invention) which lets the light go through it. We use this feature by putting abstract silhouettes and passages about the history of the independence in the back of these walls. With the light you would only see the shadow of them printed on the concrete, giving the felling of a light sculpture. In the design we located this walls of concrete in specific places so if you would walk all the way from the beginning to the end of the commercial area and green parks, you would see a timeline of the independence, giving the people that walked by a cognitive knowledge of the events. This was a groundbreaking aspect that gave us the fist place of the contest.

All the features strengthen our concept, which gave the project 3 important resemblances with a tree. 1st The historic inheritance. This project is a genealogic tree that resembles to the fathers of the independence and the legacy they gave us. We embody this in the abstract museum. 2nd The location of the contest gave the project the bases to its conceptual idea of a tree. 3rd A tree is a sustainable living thing that can only have life by the energy of sun wind and water. That is how this green project also works, we applied all this natural principles into its design.


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Inside view of the model

Left view of the model

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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” - Winston Churchill -


JAN / 2012

CANACINTRA SCHOOL FOR ENTREPRENEURS Project done in collaboration with DYNAMIC (engineering firm in Chihuahua, Mexico) to participate in the contest for the Canacintra school of entrepreneurs. Obtaining a honorable mention on the contest and published in the magazine “Arquitectura entre líneas”. Concept: Industrial Park Since the project was conceived inside of an industrial park this was chosen as the concept for it; it adapts to the project not just by adding multiple spaces inside a single element but also by the integration with the landscape and an ambience inside the building. It generates interior views without depending from the outside surroundings. Creating micro weathers controlled by the envolvence.


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Honorary Mention ABOUT THE PROJECT

With the intention of not creating a monotonous flow of the lineal volume, the structure breaks itself in a diagonal line in the up and down side to opposite sides. Giving the building the integration with new views inside the building. The determination of the orientation of cuts and intersections in the

building was based in a thermic benefit. This means that the building breaks itself to obtain the proper amount of energy and light from the sun and the wind flow, generating by this, fresh ambiences during summer and warm during winter.


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ABOUT THE BUILDING As a cube that is configured by different blocks, different elements where distributed along the building. Each block represents every area that was required in the architectural program, so this is how we introduce the exterior with the interior. This generates a view and an ambience more comfortable. The building has two kinds of structures, one to provide support for the building and the other which is the exterior structure that is a prefabricated concrete with holes that provides the correct amount of sun light and wind to the building. All this structure has a planar mapping of the different kind of ende-

INSIDE VIEWS

mic vegetation in Chihuahua. This planar mapping was represented abstractly by giving the holes different location and sizes, also the orientation of this planar mapping was conceived to provide sun during winter and shadow in summer.


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“Architecture doesn’t come from theory. You don’t think your way through a building” - Arthur Erickson -


DEC / 2012

RODEO ARENA CHIHUAHUA Designed in collaboration with Daniela Pando Carrera and Armando Serrano Salomon (architect) as an advisor. Concept: Rodeo Lace The movement of a rodeo lace and its illusion when it moves was the inspiration of this project. This movement was projected on the building. Along the faรงade laces appear to be moving up and down in a sense of an infinite loop. The concept went from an abstract loop to a physical entrance lace that surrounded all the faรงade.


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The project was approved by the governor of Chihuahua City in Chihuahua with the intention to support the architectural development in Chihuahua and the future of young architects. This project was designed for the president of the rodeo association of Chihuahua. It’s intended to be built at the end of 2012 until end of 2013. It’s an arena that will have 6000 seats, and will have the capacity to extend its capability to 8000 seats with removable grades if it is required. The design includes a rodeo arena, a restaurant with view to the arena, stables, a session area for the rodeo association and two offices with a lobby and space for a secretary.

The master plan of the area determinates that a zoo, a Nascar race and several other buildings will be constructed by the surroundings of the rodeo arena. As people are walking by they can see the panoramic view of the area. This is another reason why the lace concept was chosen.


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BUILDING DETAILS

Terrain surface / 29, 535.27 sqm Sitting area

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Arena area 4,117.77 sqm Stables 854.81sqm Bathrooms 353.46 sqm Restaurant 255.39 sqm Administrative 165.32 sqm Session Area 119.44 sqm Corrals 906.01 sqm Ramp 1 839.65 sqm Ramp 2 746.28 sqm Total construction 6 221.90 sqm


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After asking several people involved in the rodeo sport what was the main problem that surrounded rodeo arenas, the conclusion was that handicapped people where unable to attend this sport shows. Instead of making just some spots of the arena accessible for handicapped people, the entire arena was designed capable of receiving them. This was possible by using these laces as halls to enter the seating area. All the entra-

nces are ramps with a minimum inclination so the people wont feel it while walking towards the numbered access. As people walk by these ramps they will be passing the entrances to the seating area, gradually gaining height. This will help to organize the people by rows and sections. Below the laces public bathrooms food and merchandise selling spots are located.


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“ Form ever follows function” - Louis H. Sullivan -


AUG / 2011

BILINGUAL SCHOOL “RUDYARD KIPLING� This project was realized in Chihuahua, Mexico. Cantera Ave. Concept: contemporary Mexican Architecture The design of this project was realized following the concepts of contemporary Mexican architecture with the predominance of the bulk over vane spaces. Colorful architecture. The design plays with natural light through the consecutive holes over the massive walls, giving a sense of light and shadows that changes the color of the walls just by bathing it with natural light.


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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project is located on an irregular terrain, which makes it flow with the natural curves of the place. This provides the school different platforms that grow from the entrance of the kids to the highest part of the terrain used as a soccer field. In the lowest part of the terrain a cafeteria, library and multiple use hall were projected. All these spaces are provided with natural sunlight coming from the highest part of the terrain. In the center of the halls a massive red staircase gives the project a vertical distribution.

Massive walls with random 50x50 windows that feed the stairs of natural light beams surround the staircase. From the outside this staircase is intended to get the attention of pedestrian and cars. The project is also blending with the surrounding landscape, which is a group of private housing developments. All these houses have the contemporary Mexican architecture typology.

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The construction will begin in September of 2012 and the estimated cost of the building will be about 9 million Mexican money and it will last until may 2013. The architectural program contains 4 halls for kinder garden 6 halls for elementary school and 3 halls for high school, 1 computer room, 3 offices, lobby, chemical laboratory , 1 multiple use hall, rapid soccer court a teachers room, cafeteria and a library. Within the space of the halls and the main plaza there are several ludic places for the students to hang out, this spaces are integrated within the structure stairs and walls, giving the feeling that the school integrates with the activities of its own students. To reduce the traffic that the school may cause during drop out and pick up of students, the design has an inner street with a loop, at the 3rd part of the street parents can drop the students directly. Into the building, with this the project not only reduces the traffic but also provides the people security during

dropout/pickup.’The structure of the school will be made of steel on its main support and the traditional brick and concrete the inner walls. 1. Inside View 2. View from cafeteria 3. View from Soccer Court 4. Blue Wall View 5. Stair View


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“Less is more� - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe -


FEB / 2012

CRUZ AZUL SOCCER SCHOOL Project developed in collaboration with Orlando Solano Parra. Concept: Cruz Azul Soccer School This project was designed for Cruz Azul Soccer School in collaboration with Orlando Solano Parra. It was designed with an imaginary terrain but with equal proportions given by the client. The intention of making this project was for the client to promote the school among the near cities of Chihuahua. Investors can see how the school would be seen in their city if they decide to participate in this project.


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The design includes a cafeteria, lunch area, offices, a storage room and men and women bathrooms with dressers. The outside of the project is a big soccer field with artificial grass and a parking lot area. The field will be surrounded by trees and viewing areas with a solar protection which will have the publicity on it, all of this for spectators. The soccer field will be divided in three small courts acting as this for different categories; when a big game takes place they will use the official field.

The building area will be separated in two main buildings. One with cafeteria and offices and the other one with dressers and bathrooms, all integrated in a solo building that will be wrapped in a concrete loop that gives the aspect of unity of the buildings. 1. Front View 2. Hall View 3. Inside Left View 4. Back View 5. Angled View


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“An important work of architecture will create polemics� - Richard Meier -


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OCT / 2011

WALL HOUSE

Project made in collaboration with Habitania Constructor Co. which will be the engineers who build the house. The construction will begin in June of 2012 and will end on December of the same year. Concept: Vertical and horizontal alignment.

The house is located on Chihuahua, Mexico, on a new residential area of the city called La cantera. The design was made for a family of 4, a young couple and two girls, the house was designed with complete opened space and views to the back and front side of the house and double height in the living room so it will make a feeling of amplitude all along the house. The architectural program of the house includes 1 master bedroom with bathroom, Jacuzzi and a walking closet. It will also have a terrace that will have the view to the front of the house, since that is the best view. It will also have two bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Each one of them will have the same size since they were designed for two children. In the middle of the bedrooms there will be a library and an area for computers, all of this will be on the second floor of the house. On the first floor there will be a television room and a connected area of living room, dinning room and the kitchen, which connects to a laundry room and access to the patio on the backside of the house. The house is divided vertical and horizontal by a thick wall of a native stone called Cantera. It will be used on the outside and inside of the house.


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DEC / 2011

STOEVE HOUSE

Project made in collaboration with Habitania Constructor Co., which will be the engineers who build the house. Designed for a Mexican Lawyer in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico. Concept: Mexican Architectureent. The House is located in a new residential area near the new development of the city called Cantera El pedregal. The design was intended to have a contemporary Mexican architecture typology. There was 2 proposals with different facades, one with a contemporary Mexican style and the other one with a resemblance of a Californian house. The client declined for the Californian style faรงade. It is now being constructed and it will end in July 2012.

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DEC / 2011

L HOUSE Project made in collaboration with Habitania Constructor Co. which will be the engineers who build the house. Designed for a Mexican family of 4 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico. It will be located in a residential area near a highway called “Bosques del valle”. It is called de L house because it has an inverted L in its façade. The L covered with marble, hides the entrance door and the terrace door. The facade looks more cleanly and with continuity of the material. The L shape is also the shape of the social area of the house. An open space communicates all the social area with the backyard, giving the impression to be a continuous space between outside and inside. To give this impression the kitchen bar of marble will begin in the inside and will finish in the outside with a form of an L. The outside it will have a grill for cooking, and since the back wall will be made of glass it will be seen from the inside too.


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