Entry Requirements

  • Design a Cultural Center for La Semilla de los Ingenios
  • Building: 13 x 13 sq. meters

  • 100 sq. meters in surrounding landscape space

  • Mathematically natural, in organic form (i.e. sea shells)

  • Powered by PV, wind and passive solar

Additional requirements for structure: Should be circular, ecological, contain a basement and a first floor, based on a stone foundation, houses living quarters (3 singles or 2 couples) and a main space for cultural events (20 person max occupancy) and uses other natural resources for the majority of the remainder of the structure. Must be economical and use local labor and materials. Things like solar panels can be from outside of Mexico.

The Cultural Center: The space will primarily used to showcase art (music performances, art showings), science (paper presentations, research meetings), and tech innovation (investor meetings, small conferences) while offering a place where a “meeting of the minds” can take place. It’s important that there be a space in the cultural center that facilitates light hardware and computers that integrate with a small sound system.

Landscape: The outside landscape of the site of the cultural center, should not detract from the lower gardens, housing, and other eco buildings that are found in the steppes of the mountain that La Semilla de Los Ingenios rests on – it is up to the competing architect to decide how to use this outside space.

  • Dennis

    Hi, I would like to know more about a few things:
    the deadline for submissions, is it march 1st? or august 31st?
    is there a place where I need to sign up for the competition?
    can i get the exact location of the site (for solar purposes) and is there more information regarding the weather (rainfall, temp, etc)
    In the first topographic image, where is the site located?
    Thank you.

    • admin

      Hello,

      The deadline for submissions is August 31st, entries will begin to be accepted after the 1st of March- no need to sign up, just email your entry to info@mnpg.net and you’re ok

      The exact location of the site: 526,079.86 meters to the north and 2¨134,898.89 meters to the west.

      I’m working with the geographist at La Semilla de los Ingenios on providing the more detailed weather information and information about the site location on the topographic image- will update this soon

      Thanks

      • Branda

        Latitude and Longitude are is usually expressed in degrees, minutes and seconds and necessary to calculate the sun movement. Does anybody have a formula to convert meters to degrees by any chance? Usually you can find the degrees with the weather service, but neither La Semilla de Los Ingenios nor La Manzanilla can be found on weather stations.

      • nthduong

        until now I didn’t find any information about the geographic of la Semilla. Remember your require is green design and Sustainability. We can’t missing geographic and weather information.
        thank you and regards

        • admin

          Look through the comments here and you will find the location of la Semilla for the geographic and weather information.

    • For those that can’t find the location here is the map to La Manzanilla (just follow the map north east to the site for La Semilla de los Ingenios (2.5 miles/4km from La Manzanilla marked on the map):
      http://maps.google.com.mx/maps?q=la+manzanilla&hl=es-419&ll=19.300127,-104.765797&spn=0.103527,0.209255&sll=19.260591,-104.620056&sspn=0.414206,0.837021&gl=mx&hnear=La+Manzanilla,+Jalisco&t=m&z=13

  • Neenee

    I have the same issues as Dennis. The description of the surrounding is very vague for a sustainable design. La Semilla de los Ingenios can’t be located on a map. What is the latitude and longitude for this area to calculate a sun chart? Are there any further information about prevailing wind, precipitation, orientation, access, and utilities? It is not clear with the building; 13 x 13 sq.meters, but should have a circular shape. Is the stone foundation existing? If not, is there a special reason to use stone foundation? Are there any restrictions for building height. Should all the houses living quarters and space for cultural events located within the footprint of 13 x 13 sq.meters?
    Regarding landscape, how does the environment look like right now? Where exactly are the other housings and gardens?
    Where can I login and how can I create a password.
    Thanx

    • admin

      What exactly do you need to know about the surrounding environment?- We will do our best to make this information available in the next few days

      The stone foundation is not existing, it is what the team leader at La Semilla de los Ingenios felt would stand the test of time, but if you choose to use a different foundation, you may, but this was a requisite that was important, but if there is a better architectural solution….

      Yes, all of the houses living quarters and space should be located within the footprint of 13×13 (and the basement)

      The environment presently is undeveloped, the cultural center is the first building that they are going to build on the land, and then develop the gardens and other “structures” below on the surrounding steppes

      Please let me know if you have any more questions

      Thanks

      • Neenee

        My questions about the surrounding environment are:
        Access? How is or will the site be approached?
        Orientation / views in each direction?
        Utilities (Water, gas and electricity)? Is the location off the grid? I assume, but I just want to make sure

        It is still not clear about the shape of the building. 13 x 13 is a square, but on the other hand it tells me “Mathematically natural, in organic form (i.e. sea shells)” and in addition, in the structure paragraph it says circular.

        Thanks

        • Neenee

          one more question. In the announcement it says: “…. that towers over surrounding steppes.” It should have a basement and first floor only, correct?

          • admin

            Yes that is correct.

        • admin

          The site will be approached from south east, east and north east.

          The cultural center will have views in all directions.

          There are things like water and electricity that have been implemented in the immediate area, but we can assume, yes, that the site is off grid.

          That is correct about the shape of the building- but to be more clear, the circular shape or organic shape should fit in the 13 x 13 square space.

          While we’ve made our best efforts to be specific as possible for the requirements of this competition, we also understand that an architect needs a little space to interpret the space as they see fit, so while the entry requirements are “firm” , there is a little wiggle room for the architect to bring the best environmental structure that they see fit for La Semilla de los Ingenios.

  • aishen& shiqian

    Hello, we are interested in this project, and got few questions to ask,
    1. We got the question about the real location, is it mean the “13×13. Sq. meter” in this picture’s green area that have been circled? http://mnpgarch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/topo2.jpg
    2. “The site will be approached from south east, east and north east.” Do you mean the entrance is necessary open from that direction?
    3. The showcase needs to be in outdoor or indoor?
    4. Because the high and slope of the hill (we assumed the location is placed in that green circled area), does the basement have the view to outside also?
    5. Do we need to design the elevator for the disability?
    Thanks a lot.

    • admin

      1. The 13×13 sq. meter area can be found in that circled area at the top of the elevation.
      2. It means that the orientation of the building, in terms of where people will be arriving and departing from, although the entrance does not have to be in that direction.
      3. The showcase should be designated for indoors and if applicable, outdoors.
      4. The basement can have a view to the outside.
      5. A handicap accessible building is not necessary (because of the surrounding terrain), but definitely a plus.

  • Ahmad

    Hello, is the competition universal? Could any body submit in this competition? Im from palestine.

    • admin

      Anybody can submit an entry.

      • nuno segura

        hey!

        is this a open competition for professionals and students of architecture?

        🙂

        • admin

          Yes.

  • Andrew

    Hello, we are interested in this project, and have a few questions/requests.

    1. Could we have a CAD version of the site plan provided.
    2. Could you show a scale bar and north point. (we assume that north is Magnetic on the first plan?).
    3. If possible an overlay of the site boundary on the first plan would help to understand the location and context.

    Many thanks

    • admin

      Working on the getting the CAD, it will be up shortly.

  • chant

    we need CAD version of the site please.
    thank u.

    • admin

      You can download the CAD plan here.

  • antin

    The 13×13 sq. meter area can be found in that circled area at the top of the elevation.
    is this means the building can be built anywhere in the circled area?

    • admin

      Yes, anywhere in the circled area.

  • Marwen

    Hello, we are interested in this project, and have a few questions:
    1. What is meant by “houses living quarters (3 singles or 2 couples)”? Should we design houses and a design center?
    2. Will you give us more information on the site and program on the website? Or is this version of the website containing the final informations?

    Thank you.

    • admin

      1. These are the spaces within the cultural center that can facilitate up to 3 people in residency. There is no need to design additional houses.

      2. Site updates will occur, so keep back checking for updates as the competition progresses.

  • Alexander

    Are we allowed to submit more than one project proposal, of course keeping to the submission guidelines per project?

    • admin

      You can submit only one project proposal.

      Thanks

  • Excelente abordaje a la vida!!!!!!!Nos vemos pronto!!!!!

  • Mohammad

    Hello, what did u mean by powered by pv , wind and solar? Is meeting the LEED certification crateria is advantage?

    • admin

      This means that the electricity supplied to the cultural center will be brought because of production by solar panels or wind turbines or as a result of passive solar methods. Meeting the LEED certification could be a plus, but not necessarily an advantage.

  • would be good if you could add a satelite foto within the CAD drawing.

    in the cad drawing I could not find a circular defining the area of construction. only on the little diagramm on the top right. could you enter the area available for construction within the plan please?

    i think it would be fair to the architects to prepare a PDF with all the updated information and the CAD-file together for download. going through all these comments is a bit risky…

    • admin

      Will try to get an updated PDF available for download- but we do recommend going through the comments too.

  • Vanessa Pedro Diogo e António

    The 13 m of diameter could be only exterior? Can the basement be larger than that?

    • admin

      The 13 meters is the diameter of the cultural center.

      Yes, the basement can be larger than this.

  • shayan

    i still dont know where is the available area for construction !
    please use sat image with measurement each side ,the image topo2 is jpg from cad file !
    show the green are in satelite pic please ! the location of tree in site is so important !

    • admin

      Can you please restate your question, I’m not sure it’s understood.

      Thanks

  • shayan

    *green area

  • shayan

    sry my english is not well,
    i think you are not architect dear admin !
    data is not enough to start design for this competition.
    there is no picture from site(just some macro picture ! )
    update your data: site location,info about trees in site , trees in site most be cut ?!
    show us the site with some wide picture !
    thanks !

  • bari

    Is there any restrictions on floor height?

    • admin

      No there is not.

  • pibongas

    I would like to know if there is more to the architectural program (programa arquitectónico), or are we allowed to do what we find fit ?

    • admin

      There isn’t more to the architectural program, you can do what you see fit within the bounds of the guidelines that have been outlined on this site.

      Thanks

  • Matthew

    Hello,
    I am a Canadian architecture student and am curious to the end scope of work. As a student would my proposal be used as a conceptual basis for the design, or would you want a concrete proposal that is technically resolved, or would I be working in conjunction with a local architect to realize the work?

    • admin

      Entries should be technically resolved at best, so that La Semilla de los Ingenios can effectively build the proposal.

  • Steven

    Hello,
    Interesting competition; I have a few questions that will help my team:
    1. Is there plumbing on site and sewage or septic?
    2. Will the primary display/performance/meeting space require bathrooms, kitchenette or potable water?
    3. Is the residence space included in the 13 meter diameter circle or is that circle strictly for cultural center use only? I’m suspecting an occupancy separation.
    4. Is the basement space usable for either residence or cultural center or is it only for mechanical or foundation purposes? In other words, is the basement off limits for habitable space?
    5. Is the site accessible by road (paved, unpaved)?
    6. Should there be any concern of the soil type or depth of rocks beneath soil? Just thinking that major excavations for basements is not very economical.
    Thanks.

    • admin

      Hi,

      1. As of now there is no plumbing on site, but the site is preparing for septic.
      2. The primary display/performance/meeting space could require bathrooms, kitchenette and potable water.
      3. The residence space is included in 13 meter diameter cirlce.
      4. The basement is not off limits for the habitable space.
      5. Currently, the site accessible by unpaved road.
      6. Have to get back to you on this issue.

    • admin

      The soil has different elements within it, it must be dug using a machine.

  • Teja

    Hi,
    I am bit confused by reading requirements. Please clarify my points listed below,
    1) Do you expect to include living quarters into same cultural center?
    2) Is this 13 X13 Sq.m.is site area or carpet area of the structure?
    3)You have stated in one of reply that one can construct more than 13 x 13 sq.m.Please clarify this
    4)can you provide more information on Kind of cultural event are expected here?
    5)Please provide examples of kind of spaces or area such as stage, seating.

    • admin

      Hello,

      1. Yes the living quarter should be “somehow” a part of the cultural center.
      2. This is the “carpet” area of the structure.
      3. You can build with a basement or up with elevated structures.
      4. This has yet to be determined.
      5. It must be a space that is open to different functions- formal and informal.

      Thanks

  • Francesc

    Hi,

    I have 2 questions:

    1. Can be ‘the center space’ not covered?
    2. Can we use 100 s.q m extra for this space?

    Thanks

    • admin

      Hello,

      1. ‘The center space’ should be covered.
      2. No you cannot use 100 s.q m extra for this space.

  • Vera

    Hello,
    I sent an email a couple of weeks ago and didn’t receive an answer. I am having difficulties in dowloading the CAD files.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

    • admin

      Hi, please resend an email to info[at]mnnpg[dot]net for the CAD file if you are having difficulties downloading.

      Thanks

  • Hillary

    Has the type of cultural events and displays held in this centre been determined yet?

    • admin

      No, this hasn’t been determined yet.

  • Hillary

    Can we get more details on the surrounding flora?

    • Hillary

      Also, could you please confirm your comment “The site will be approached from south east, east and north east,” when the roads shown are entering from the western side.

      • admin

        Yes, the comment is correct and the roads are on the western side.

    • admin

      The surrounding flora is vast, a web search will help you with more details.

      Thanks

  • gabriela

    which is the official language? english? Could be in spanish?

    saludos

    • admin

      Hi,

      The official language for this competition is English.

      Thanks

  • Awni

    What kind of drawings are required for the competition?to what level should the detailing of the drawing be at?Can they be three dimensional views with blow up working detail drawings?

    • admin

      Hi,

      The drawings should be as detailed as possible.

      Thanks

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