Curated by Clara Ott
COMMUNITY CENTER • DZÁN, MEXICO
Architects : LAAR
Area : 689 ft²
Year : 2018
Photographs : Diego Lizama
Manufacturers : Procon
Lead Architects : Andrea Cecilia Alcocer Carrillo, Diego Andrés Lizama Azcorra
City : Dzán
Country : Mexico
Textual content description supplied by the architects. In 2009, within the southern zone of Yucatán, in México, a gaggle of younger college students, sons, and daughters of Mayan farmers belonging to the agricultural group of Dzán, whose financial help consists primarily within the farming of citrus, moved by their “change their world” reckless enthusiasm, took the motion into working collectively by science and tradition with the aim of inspiring probably the most susceptible sector of the inhabitants: kids and younger adolescents, whose college dropout, substance abuse charges and missing vocation have been rising. That’s how they determined to discovered the Scientific Neighborhood of Dzán, a non-profit group that pursuits the empowerment of their very own group by the making of life initiatives with science and tradition as the principle instruments for that.
They quickly achieved to transmit their mission into many households, and due to that, their house necessities have been not sufficient with the utilization of the general public areas of the village. That’s when the authorities determined to donate a 1 hectare floor lot outskirts of Dzán to the younger group, the lot was surrounded by orange tree plantations. It was additionally situated in entrance of an important roadway that conduce to different communities and close to villages.
Dzán is among the oldest villages in Yucatán, its origins are recognized due to the sacred Mayan Chilam Balam tales, it was a refugee place for the nice Mayan individuals, the “Itzáes”. Having mentioned that, “El Parque de la Ciencia” comes up as a social refugee that seeks to maneuver away from the standard training and appears for building a complete new universe that creates a brand new nascent actuality by science and tradition as pillars, sheltered by a botanic backyard constructed by the identical group and whose format is guided by the traditional Mayan traditions: Getting into by a pathway referred to as “El Sacbé de la Ciencia” which initiates with a ceiba, the sacred tree for the Mayan individuals and which ends up in the rising solar from which all the outside actions are unveiled, and by the top of the day, returning house following the sundown.
Contained in the botanic backyard, a multi-purpose pavilion, whose format is ready up by a companies block and an open room oriented from northeast to southwest turns right into a tunnel, whose entrances are massive home windows trying into the backyard, and on the identical time, permit the extension of the house, from the room to the outside, presenting totally different configurations relying on the consumer wants equivalent to a classroom, a situation, a shelter, whose type employs the commonest constructive programs of the area, and permits to create lattices which might be used as framings for vertical orchards, creating additionally a continuing temperature consolation within the house.
The financing got here from the village households and from the Embassy of Germany in Mexico.
“El Parque de la Ciencia” is now a landmark of improvement and trade locally, it’s a gathering level that has succeeded in remodeling the city and social structure within the south of Yucatan.