Enorme Studio Builds a Mexican Community Pavillion With Kids’ Help – ENORME is an architecture and design office based in Madrid and led by David Pérez, Carmelo Rodríguez and Rocío Pina, characterized by their radical approach to architecture, city and people. They design and build ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS based on industrial systems and typological innovation. They’re specialists in mobile systems design applied to house, office design and retail. They’ve changed the traditional concept of room in architecture, creating spaces that are easily converted through simple gestures.
The boldly coloured Arachi pavilion is the result of an architecture summer workshop called Taller del Desierto, which is organised annually by the Institute of Architecture and Design of Chihuahua (ISAD).
This year, the school enlisted Enorme Studio, and locally based architects Juan Castillo and Miguel Heredia, to lead 19 children on a project for the Santa Cecilia neighbourhood in the Mexican city.
Following discussions with the community, the team decided to create a structure on a sandy square that would provide shelter for a range of outdoor activities. These include a traditional dance called Mariachis, events for the local church and a place for children to socialise.
“The need for a large space of shade seems fundamental,” said the team in a project description. ”‘Arachi’ or the ‘urban alebrije’ is designed as a great canopy that gathers all those communities and desires existing in the colony.”
Four blue-painted metal frames support the “great canopy”, which is also constructed from metal and rests on top. Panels featuring arched cutouts wrap around the top and are decorated with a colourful pink and yellow pattern.
Yellow and purple patterns cover the edges of a massive stack of the blocks, which can form a stage for performances.
Stripes, zig-zags and diagonal markings in bright hues cover other piles that makes up seats at the corner edges of the pavilion. A large space is left in the middle for dancing and musical shows.
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