Mexico, MX


El Higueron

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Mexico on September 19, 2017, leaving an entire country in a state of emergency with more than 369 victims and 150,000 homes destroyed in five states (Oaxaca, Morelos, State of Mexico and Guerrero).

Jojutla (Morelos) was one of the many municipalities in the republic that became a field of ruins after the earthquake that shook Mexico on September 19, 2017. In a split second, most of its infrastructure was completely or partially destroyed.

Following an initiative initiated by Infonavit involving a group of national and international architects, a master plan for the restructuring of the municipality's main public buildings was launched. Dellekamp/Schleich, and the office Agenda (Colombia) were asked to collaborate on two projects: Two symbolic representations of faith. Two temples, one religious, the other secular.  A church (El Santuario Señor de Tula) and a community center (Higueron Park).

At Parque el Higuerón, a large part of the original building, which housed several community spaces, such as a communal tortilla factory and classrooms for training residents, collapsed. The severity of the damage to the structure and the inability to use these spaces revealed the importance of this center to the community's residents.

The project seeks to heal a wounded site and act as a symbol of community and solidarity for a society under reconstruction. 

The volume, positioned as a square on the internal margins of the site, functions as a program container and delimiter of the central plaza. 

The construction system, formed by a grid of rigid concrete frames, allows a free composition of open and closed spaces, configuring the areas destined for workshops, the library and municipal offices. The void generated by the plaza protects users from the weather conditions and directly connects the proposal with its context.

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Status: Built
Location: Jojutla, MX
Firm Role: Architecture Design
Additional Credits: Jachen Schleich, AGENdA