Pabellón del Agua
Best Implemented Project of Public Building or Facility
About the project
Pabellón del Agua — intended as the urban recovery of the Piedad River, which is now piped
and forms part of the Miguel Alemán Viaduct — is a space won by the citizens, which demonstrated that Mexico City’s piped rivers can be reintegrated into the urban water cycle.
With this in mind, the project set out to use water as a constructive and conceptual material,
generating an educational space with the intention of articulating conversations, workshops
and cultural exhibitions. A playful space gave meaning to the overall project and, at the same time, served to acknowledge the condition of the Piedad River.
Thus, this pavilion employs water as a transforming element; it highlights the natural reaction
of oxidation with steel which, added to the time factor, recast the pavilion as a collective experience in observing how it changes in colors and textures depending on the season.
Avenida 24 de febrero, lote 1, Mexico City, Mexico
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Applicant and authors of the project
Apaloosa Estudio de Arquitectura y Diseño.
This has begun to change with the advent of a new generation of architects and new communication tools. Apaloosa, the office founded by Luis Armando Gómez Solorzano, belongs to that generation. Better than anyone else, he understood the opportunities offered by innovative technologies, to overthrow preconceived ideas such as the need to build monumental architecture or the need to migrate to large metropolitan centers to achieve a certain degree of visibility.
Photographer: César Béjar