Enrique Norten Completes New Campus For Centro Art And Design School In Mexico City

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Enrique Norten and his studio Ten Arquitectos have finished a new university campus in Mexico City made up of intersecting blocks that overlook a central lawn and staircase .

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos

Covering one.two acres (.5 hectares), the campus stands on a dense urban site along one of Mexico City’s busiest streets, Constituyentes Avenue.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos

The complex is the new residence of Centro, a university founded in 2004 that specialises in innovative studies. It has around 2,500 college students and offers degrees in fields such as architecture, industrial style and vogue.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos

The campus, which opened in September, includes classrooms, studios, offices, a library, an artwork gallery and a 450-seat auditorium.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos

The complicated – largely produced of glass, concrete and steel – consists of three linked buildings and 3 levels of underground parking.

“The volumes above-grade are layered and interconnected to create a new dynamic central property,” explained 10 Arquitectos, which is based in Mexico City and New York.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos Photograph by Mara Sánchez Renero

The created volumes – totalling 279,800 square feet (26,000 square metres) – are organised about a grassy courtyard that “aims to amplify the sense of openness inside of even though blocking noise and visual site visitors from Constituyentes Avenue,” stated the company.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos Photograph by Mara Sánchez Renero

The facades bordering the lawn will serve as exhibition area for student perform.


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At the front of the campus sits a three-storey, boxy structure with offices, a double-height film forum and five projection rooms. A 6-storey building at the rear of the property houses studios and a cafeteria.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos Photograph by Mara Sánchez Renero

Floating among these two buildings is a rectilinear volume that consists of a four-storey library, review locations and the artwork gallery. Interior rooms had been strategically positioned to capture views of the campus courtyard and the close by Chapultepec Park, one particular the greatest city parks in Latin America.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos Photograph by Mara Sánchez Renero

Under the floating volume is a 40-foot-wide (twelve metres) monumental stair that doubles as a seating area.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos Photograph by Mara Sánchez Renero

Manufactured of black granite and white resin, the stair was developed by Jan Hendrix, a Dutch-born, Mexican-primarily based artist. An auditorium and snack bar are contained inside the 9,680-square-foot (900 square metres) stair framework.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos

Inside the school, classrooms are fitted out with contemporary furnishings by brands including Kartell, Vitra and Technica. The interior layout is by local company Diarq Diseño y Arquitectura.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos

“Through an perfect blend of interior studios and outside perform areas, Enrique Norten’s iconic layout enables for fluid teaching techniques and cross pollination between Centro’s a lot of imaginative disciplines,” explained the school in a statement.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos

The campus was built in accordance to LEED Platinum recommendations, thanks to sustainable features like a green roof, solar panels and organic ventilation.

New campus for Centro University by Ten Arquitectos

Other latest university projects incorporate a tree-covered campus in Ho Chi Minh City by Vo Trong Nghia and a proposal for a new engineering campus at The University of Manchester by Mecanoo.

Photography is by Luis Gordoa.

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