Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral
Inspired in the movement of a conductor's baton, the building design is composed of five concrete roofs moving up and down in harmony to give shape, space and light to the project. Each roof represents a staff's line, always straight, constant and parallel.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The lines composing the façade move up and down as branches moving in the wind, letting the sunlight pass through, creating a fantasy parade in the middle of the shadow's mystery.
The building wraps you inside, its shape turns into the shape of music. It is not a whim or about fashion, it is just about the sound of music traveling around every space, every seat, every corner, giving shape to every dream, to every song.
Outside, the white concrete in the façade represents the purity and originality of the Mexican music, inside, the red concert hall represents the Mexican composers' passion.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Step by step, the visitor discovers the project, a soft and kindly merge between nature and man intervention, walks through the access square with a relaxed mind, just observing everything around him, feeling how the concert hall is more than just steel and concrete, it is an invitation to reflection, to feel the harmony inside and outside and to discover the wonderful and magic world of music.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in the design process in 2008, and the construction phase began in 2010 and the opining was on June 7th 2012. It is located in Coyoacan, Mexico City.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Natural light inside the concert hall: saving annually 14,600kwh equal to 10 CO2 tons non emitted to atmosphere .
Roof-façade design: Saving annually 75,600kwh because of the reduction of the air conditioning usage.
Waterless urinals usage: Saving approximately 88,000 lts/ year.
In case of using this 88,000lts, other 1,170,000lts will be needed to clean them. This is equal to the consumption of water for 1,600 persons during a year.
Variable acoustic system: Capable of adjusting the reverberation time from 1 to 1.5 seconds, being allowed to have all concert types indistinctly.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
9287 sqm, 850 seats , 104 parking spaces for cars (persuading visitors to use other transportation media).
21 meters from the stage to the farther seat
1.05 meters between rows.
Since our client was the Mexican composers' association, very creative minds, it was very difficult to have everyone on board. But at the end, we accomplished the complete satisfaction of all of the members.
TEAM MEMBERS (17) :
Partner in charge: Gerardo Broissin, Project Manager: David Suarez, Project Architects: Mauricio Cristobal, Rodrigo Jimenez, Alejandro Rocha, , Team: Enrique Guillen, Adrian Tellez, Gabriela Maldonado, Ruben Zepeda, Luis Muñoz, Erik Guzman, Jose Luis Duran, Sara Villanueva, Elizabeth Salinas, Juan Manuel Vargas and Pamela Moreno
Broissin Architects, 2014.