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S-AR completes all-white gallery building in Monterrey, Mexico
Mexico Architecture News - Jun 01, 2022 - 11:15 1045 views
Named Galería AAF, the 234-square-metre building consists of a programme of contemporary art gallery, including a public space for readings and lectures, a kitchen and a room for artist residency.
The studio distributes all functions throughout three floors although the building is not perceived as a contemporary gallery building at first sight.
While the first floor contains a public space for readings and lectures, as well as a kitchen to help prepare exhibition openings, at the rear of this level, the studio creates a room for artist residencies, containing its own bathroom and a patio.
This level employs a construction system based on unfinished cinder block walls and steel deck slab on white-painted IPR beams. The enclosures are made specifically for this building from wood, aluminum, glass and metal mesh.
The second level is designed as an open-plan exhibition area which is intended to display a range of artworks and interventions. "This level has walls finished in plaster, white paint and a reticular reinforced concrete slab with coffered formwork that was left exposed," said the office.
The third floor is dedicated to a reading room that can also be used as an office and meeting room. This space is clad with strips of pine wood and a ceiling slab of exposed, bare concrete.
The gallery is crowned with an open air patio that also serves as a lookout point when the metal doors enclosing it are opened.
"All these spaces are positioned at the center of the plot, leaving the vertical circulation routes on the side of the adjacent property boundary, while the other side forms a lateral patio letting light into the ground floor," S-AR added.
"This establishes a contrast with the dark ambiance of the circulation block, where the staircases form single flights: a concrete stair in the first section and a timber stair in the second."
The upper levels are designed to be able to receive abundant daylight from the short sides of the volume, through folding doors that can be adjusted to provide more or less light and privacy, and also form the front and rear façades.
The south-facing lateral wall is clad with corrugated metal to provide a thermal barrier to solar gain. Combined with the polystyrene-filled blocks used in the walls, this helps to keep interiors fresh during the city’s warmest months.
Taken together, these construction, layout and finishing elements serve as artifacts added to the basic structure to provide the building with specific advantages in terms of thermal comfort, light, and appearance.
Project: Galería AAF
Location: Monterrey, Mexico.
Architects in charge: Cesar Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza.
Collaborators: Carlos Morales, Marisol González.
Programme: Contemporary art gallery.
Construction area: 234 m2.
Project year: 2014
Construction year: 2020
Structural Engineer: CM Ingeniería
Supervision: S-AR + Gonzalo Tamez
Builder / General Contractor: Gonzalo Tamez + Enrique López
Materials: Concrete, Steel, Wood and Glass.
All images © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal.
All drawings © S-AR
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