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Estacion San Jose

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Toluca - MX

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Estacion San Jose

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Toluca - MX

A very flexible infrastructure that expects to be occupied by different types of users. A naked concrete super-structure with a clean, meaningful geometry relates to the urban surroundings, rising above and overlooking them, both closely and beyond. The structural frame gives character and unifies the complex. A gentle lightweight metallic skin encloses the volume, framing the most appreciated views: the Cathedral, the Cosmovitral and the Nevado de Toluca.

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Estacion San Jose isa mixed-use infrastructure in the city center of Toluca de Lerdo, the capital city of the Estado de Mexico, the most populated entity of the whole Mexican Republic.

The project is placed in the northern edge of Avenida Juarez, which links Toluca’sHistoric District with the University area to the south, and arises as an opportunity to concentrate the disperse activity around this neighborhood and create a new cultural, economic and activity hub, both at local and metropolitan levels, a social condenser with the goal of revitalizing the central area of the city, overlapping community programs: car park, office and co-working areas, cultural and commercial spaces… coronated with a public-access garden at the rooftop with spectacular views of the great Nevado de Toluca.

The result is a very flexible infrastructure that expects to be occupied by different types of users. A naked concrete super-structure with a clean, meaningful geometry relates to the urban surroundings, rising above and overlooking them, both closely and beyond. The structural frame gives character and unifies the complex, arranged as a field of pillars supporting a double family of slender beams. Over them, continuous slabs are folded to create the parking area and are further perforated to generate diagonal relations and vertical spaces. A gentle lightweight metallic skin encloses the resulting volume, framing the most appreciated views: the Cathedral, the Cosmovitral and the Nevado de Toluca.

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Estacion San Jose

Mixed-Use Infrastructure

2020

Client: Private

Surface: 6.300 m2

Location: Toluca, Mexico

Project start: 11-2015

Building start: 04-2017

Building end: 11-2020

AWARDS

2022 MIES CROWN HALL AMERICAS PRIZE, NOMINATED

2020 UNESCO PRIX VERSAILLES, SPECIAL PRIZE NORTH AMERICA

2021 COAM LUIS MORENO MANSILLA AWARDS, MENTION

2021 FAD INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, FINALIST

2021 XV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, SELECTED

2019 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW EMERGING ARCHITECTS, FINALIST

Project leaders

Pablo Oriol, Fernando Rodríguez

Collaborators

Ricardo Gonzalez, Francisco Díaz, Ana Suárez-Anta, Esther Ibáñez, Jaime Hortal

Consultants

Axiom Ingeniería, Pablo Urbano, Antemio Vargas

                                                                     

Model

FRPO, Ctrl X

Photos

LGM Studio