Historical Weave

Mexico City, Mexico, 2017

Team: Adrian Aguirre

The history of a nation endures on people’s memory through the objects of everyday use; woven bags, baskets and chairs are part of the Mexican collective memory. Historical weave employs those memories as objects of national identity and melancholy.

We live in an epoch of simultaneity, of juxtaposition of disperse elements, any architecture of the XXI century should be able to relate and adapt to a multiplicity of contextual conditions and individual necessities. Historical weave aims to establish a new architectural paradigm, where site is defined due to proximity between elements and architectural spaces have been replaced by fields of heterogeneous and continuous interaction. Historical weave explores the tri-axial plane, applying the basic principles of roof, wall and floor, turning them into an interaction field, where the dichotomy between speed and stagnant has a direct correspondence with the architectural phenomena of acceleration and deceleration in the city.

In response to a reusable materiality, Historical Weave articulates Bejuco and Mexican pine wood. The main and the secondary structures are digitally fabricated (CNC – digital pattern) and assembled on site, 7km of bejuco will be woven by local craftsmen on site while public is encouraged to participate on the development of the pavilion.

The proposal is placed at Dr. Mora street, adjacent to Laboratorio Arte Alameda, framing the historical presence of the Alameda Central, through a natural fabric, a semi-transparent grid which induces to contemplation and visual interaction between the context and the pavilion.