A large and beautiful oasis for calm study has taken root in bustling Mexico City. TEN Arquitectos recently completed the new campus for CENTRO University, a multi-building LEED Platinum-certified complex located on one of the city’s busiest avenues. The 78,740-square-foot campus comprises an eye-catching arrangement of intersecting white metal-clad volumes that encircle a central green.
Covered in art and green roofs, the new CENTRO campus offers more eye-candy than your typical campus, which might be explained by the university’s focus on creative studies. The school currently enrolls approximately 2,500 students in pursuit of degrees including architecture, industrial design, and fashion. TEN Arquitectos constructed the complex primarily from glass, concrete, and steel to keep a clean and contemporary appearance, but added a variety of textures, patterns, and level changes to make the campus look dynamic. One of our favorite features are the exposed staircases that appear to float along a building volume and the 40-foot-wide two-level stair, made of black granite and white resin and designed by Mexican-based artist Jan Hendrix, that contains the auditorium.
The four overlapping buildings are carefully arranged around a central courtyard to block noise and visual traffic from the busy Constituyentes Avenue, while offering exhibition space for student works. The campus comprises classrooms, art studios, study halls, offices, a cafeteria, an art gallery, and a double-height 400-seat auditorium with a snack bar. The communal spaces are strategically located to overlook the central green and the nearby Chapultepec Park, one the largest city parks in Latin America. The LEED Platinum-certified campus is powered by solar and uses natural ventilation.
Images via TEN Arquitectos