Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú

Best Implemented Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
The stadium is more than a building, it is an urban complex defined by a monumental lightweight roof composed of lightweight steel wrapped in PTFE textile material. The roof contrasts the predictable geometry that has historically defined baseball stadiums around the world. In contrast to the visual lightness of the roof, the base level is ceremonial. Designed using local materials from the Valley of Mexico and inspired by the Pre-Columbian era, the plaza level references the court of the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame and emphasizes the connection between the earth and the heavens. The procession from the grounds into the ballpark alludes to climbing an ancient Mesoamerican temple. As the spectator approaches the grand entrance, they are confronted with six trapezoidal volumes clad in indigenous volcanic rock. Once inside, a ring connects all the seats and functions into one experience with unobstructed views to the field. The ultimate goal of the stadium is a great public space.

Formula 1 Race track, Magdalena Mixhuca Sport Facility, Mexico City, Mexico

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Applicant and author of the project
Born in Mexico City in 1970, Francisco González Pulido graduated from Monterrey Tec in 1991 and Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1998. In 2000, González Pulido joined JAHN, was made partner in 2008, and named president of the company in 2012. He founded FGP Atelier in 2017. His designs encompass a wide range of buildings, from pavilions and boutique spaces to stadiums and airports, from speculative explorations to science facilities and skyscrapers across four continents.
Architects Francisco Gonzalez Pulido and Alonso de Garay (Founder/Principal, Taller ADG).

Other participants
Roof Structure and Membrane Engineering: Werner Sobek;
Building Structure and Deck: Izquierdo Ingenieros;
Sports Consultant: Populous;
MEP International: WE Engineering;
International Lighting: L-Plan;
Signage: Manuel Álvarez;
Wind: RWDI;
Concrete and steel structure: Tollan and Wassner;
Roof: Dunn Lightweight Architecture;
Prefabricated facades: FAPRESA;
Photographer: Rafael Gamo