Productora is an architectural practice based in Mexico City. It was founded by four creatives — Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime and Wonne Ickx — who joined their forces in order to create unique spaces.
Presented here is a Community Cultural Center designed by the team of Productora. The architects took a challenge to create the complex, that will serve as an exhibition space for the archeological and textile wealth of Teotitlán del Valle, a village in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The new center includes two volumes. The principal one, facing the village square, houses the museum. The secondary volume contains library and service zone. Besides the two volumes, the whole area provides its visitors large public gardens. „This helps to improve the pedestrian routes passing across the site and connecting with the main square, inserting the new public spaces
created by the Cultural Center into the circuit of existing plazas that define the urban structure of the village,” explained the team of Productora. Architects had to take into account the immidiate context of the village, such as height, color and materials, what strongly determined the design process. „The form and material character of the building, including double-slab sloping roofs, 30 cm-thick concrete walls, and controlled openings, create a passive system that responds to the adverse climatic conditions.” Following such a requirements, The Cultural Center creates a perfect blend into its contex, featuring minimal palette of locally made materials.
When coming inside, the visitors are welcomed by robust space, that presents a diverse range of lighting conditios and spatial qualities — double and even triple-height spaces — providing users with comfortable space to work or enjoy the art.