PREMIO PANI

Located close to areas with important Baroque architecture in Puebla, Mexico, the new Institute for sciences offered the possibility to link emotional architecture with rational thinking. Having been done so early in terms of career, while studying, the project marked such intellectual and formal tension that has followed for twenty years. Despite of multiple educations, places, professors, experiences, we have -without acknowledging it then- oscillated between these two immanent forces of architecture, the emotional and the rational.

The complex is designed considering these two forces: a series of rational frames and promenades combined with an inclined landscape which almost covers the rational architecture when seen from the road. The inclined landscape becomes the facade and protection from the road. It is in a way still nature that has been manipulated to dialogue with rational architecture. The several facilities are either partially hidden behind the inclined plane or either outside, explicitly manifested as frames: long frameworks to walk through the several facilities with patios.

The masterplan and architecture not only reconcile the dialectic of architectural forces but also integrates Mesoamerican tradition with colonial influence, forces surrounding the sciences institute.