With the goal to create a Cultural Center that forms a space for “great minds from around the globe to come together for the purpose of the fusion of art, science, architecture and beyond,” and to adhere to the requirements of the community and jury, with entries from more then 20 countries, the selection of briefs was fantastic.
La Semilla de los Ingenios and jury are happy to announce the winner of the 2012 MNPG Arch Competition as being The Cosmic Egg by Andrew Pollendine (UK).
The honorable mentions for this year’s competition:
• Sustainability – Eugen Ticu (Ireland)
• Resourcefullness – Blue Bottle Architecture and Design, Frans Burrows, David Bishop (UK)
• Best Practice – Vidmantas Pocevicius, Yuko Chiba (Lithuania, Japan)
• Most Innovative – Mihai Pop (Italy)
For information about the guidelines and prize of the 2012 MNPG Arch Competition, please refer here.
The Cosmic Egg will facilitate performance art, showcases, talks and conferences, with an aim to provide a place for learning and healing when events are not happening. Geodesic domes are seemingly popular forms, however Andrew Pollendine’s design creates a structure that brings a unique interpretation of this kind of stretched, elevated shape, with the use of the Greek style stage and seating area at its core and space in the ground-basement for housing of those visiting the area.
By not dominating the skyline, but still becoming a welcome addition to the surrounding local community and town, there is enough reason for artists and intellectuals to thrive alongside new tourism brought together by the eco-village that is being created on the steppes below the Cultural Center of La Semilla de los Ingenios. The landscaping path that is proposed, allows for flexibility in the later expansion of the development.
Using a passive cooling strategy, the architect employed an informed approach, resolved climate issues with the design and integrated a strong relation to the existing site, from the reference to the traditional Maya House, to use of local building materials and techniques, to the design orientation (use of natural sun light with small open apertures).
The building allows artists to showcase their work, either by hanging from the roof or on the walls of the main and basement floor. With the heavy wind and hurricane weather that occurs in the rainy season in Pacific Mexico, the geodesic formation of the shell and the partially submerged base create a well defined outline for the Cultural Center of La Semilla de los Ingenios.
The floor and walls create thermal mass, regulating the temperature and the thatch roof provides shelter from direct sun and rain. The building also breathes allowing heat build-up to disperse.
Provision for on-site power generation has been considered as part of the landscaping.
The basement accommodation is located on the outer face to enable natural daylight/ventilation within the deeply set slot windows, reducing the reliance on mechanical/electrical provision. Above, at ground level the main auditorium space provides raked seating focused on the multi-use performance space in the center.
The structure uses locally sourced timber with steel flitch plate connections. The elegant structure naturally uses less material to form the enclosure; timber boarding on the outside provides further rigidity. Small open apertures on the southern face track the suns path throughout the day, creating poetic rays of lights, constantly changing on the performance space below.
The bottom row of panels can open to provide, light, cross ventilation and aid the stack effect. The apex of the roof has a ventilation slot to release the hot air and pull fresh cooler air through the building. The structure adapts the traditional palapa roof typology; forming a passive cooling meeting place.
Eugene Ticu proposed a canopy structure with an external shell that on top could house solar panels, and uses the construction techniques of twig baskets. All-round views are visible from almost any place in the building.
Frans Burrows’s design is a naturally ventilated building, constructed with a series of arches, and a cantilevered viewing platform for contemplation. With an extensive detail to the landscape, the balustrades and semi open enclosures of bamboo provide a great support to the totally self-sufficient building.
The brief of Vidmantas Pocevicius and Yuko Chiba, is circular, ecological and economical. The structure uses thatch roof, stone and wooden structure walls, while maintaining an organic form.
Mihai Pop provided a design that was not to take away from the site, but still provide a modern aesthetic and space for an outdoor arts workshop. Circulation occurs throughout the plan and skylights allow light for any art displays.
Thank you all participants who entered this year’s MNPG Arch Competition. We will be reaching out to finalists during the course of the decision process and a winner will be announced on this site in early October. If you would like to keep up to date with all things MNPG Arch, please sign up for the newsletter.
This is a reminder that the competition ends in a few days, please submit your entry by this Friday. The jury will deliberate during the month of September.
If you have any concerning questions to do with your entry, now is the time to ask as the competition is getting closer to the midnight, August 31st closing date. MNPG Arch is excited as you are about this inaugural competition!
While it is important to note that there is going to be only one winner for this year’s competition and no runner-up prizes awarded, the MNPG Arch Competition jury has decided that there will be honorable mentions in the following areas: Sustainability, Resourcefulness, Best Practice, and Most Innovative. Thanks for all of your questions regarding this competition and we will be posting more photos soon!