La Carmela Cultural Heart / ÁGORA
Textual content description offered by the architects. Within the southwest of town of Puebla, Mexico, on the foot of the Atoyac River, lies La Carmela, certainly one of two hydroelectric vegetation that offered service to the Textile Manufacturing facility El Mayorazgo within the early twentieth century, constructed by Engineer Carlos Mastretta Fecit.
The undertaking consisted of the restoration of the economic vestige of the hydroelectric plant Carmela, which dates again to 1906, its quick environment together with an open sewage canal that crossed the property, and the development of latest buildings that, integrating with the pre-existing supplies, allowed the formation of a brand new cultural complicated. Composed of: a website museum, cultural heart, library, medical clinics, bike parking, workshops, skatepark, and linear park.
The La Carmela undertaking speaks of commercial heritage, pure assets, and social fairness, not just for the restoration of the 2 pre-existing buildings but in addition for the rescue of its hydraulic reminiscence within the textile trade of Puebla. In such a approach, it was proposed that the hint of the water’s passage outline the customer’s route in an open-air museum the place, ranging from the articulation by floating walkways across the heritage buildings, its historical past is narrated.
The intervention affords a various architectural program attending to completely different populations at an prolonged schedule, producing multiscale tools. The restoration of the 2 pre-existing buildings and the canal that shaped the Carmela plant is regional-scale tools with a cultural vocation. The intervention within the city surroundings and the development of the linear park attend to a neighborhood inhabitants, producing keep and leisure areas of neighborhood scale in a marginal context.
4 traces of motion had been labored on: Heritage restoration, encompassing the prevailing heritage buildings: canal and water conduits, the citadel or watchtower, and the machine home.
Hydraulic and inexperienced infrastructure, recognizing present pure runoff and flood-prone areas. Encasing the open sewage canal to enhance water conduction in the direction of the therapy plant and generate a linear park with endemic and regional vegetation on its high half.
Architectural intervention, establishing new components as a complement to the complicated. Pedestrian floating circulation system, the skatepark, and the development of the 7 modules.
City intervention, public area, and panorama, making the geometric readjustment of the boulevard, decreasing the vehicular driving space to supply a large, tree-lined, and illuminated pedestrian walkway. Constructing a linear park with keep and leisure areas and a skatepark over the encased canal.
Cleansing and consolidating present secondary channels and slopes and incorporating a various and native vegetation palette, looking for to generate a wild pure panorama, strengthening the prevailing vegetation recognizing a seasonal panorama (wet season and drought), thus selling low upkeep and numerous environmental advantages.
The undertaking was developed for SEDATU as a part of the City Enchancment Program, with the target of serving the inhabitants dwelling in city localities in situations of city and social backwardness.