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Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

Posted By Andrew Michler On December 20, 2011 @ 5:32 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Green Building,Green renovation | No Comments

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The tiny satellite campus is the collaborative effort of Tecnológico de Monterrey [1], a private university, and the bank Bancomer. The project was developed to provide education for low-income residents [2] while serving as a small business consulting center. SHINE Architects were not hampered by a small budget as they maximized the use of low-cost and low-impact materials.

The result is a building with a distinctive face [3] and a highly energy-efficient design. The pine vertical elements were harvested and milled locally [4] and treated for exposure to the elements. They are carefully angled to cut off the summertime sunshine but allow morning heat in the winter. The facade is supported by a steel frame which was reclaimed from an on-site deconstructed garage roof. The design also helps induce natural cooling throughout the building, reducing cooling costs.

You would not be given a lower grade if you missed these sustainable features though, as the building’s rich detailing and playful geometric relationships take center stage. The design is intended to feel open and gracious – a strong counterpoint to its neighbor’s gated courtyards. The well-ventilated and daylit interior also helps keep students tuned in to their studies.

+ SHINE Architecture [5]

Via plusmood [6]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Tecnológico de Monterrey: http://www.itesm.edu/wps/portal?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=

[2] low-income residents: http://inhabitat.com/mits-1000-house-challenge-inspires-groundbreaking-designs/

[3] distinctive face: http://inhabitat.com/renovation-horizontal-dairy-farm-somerset/

[4] harvested and milled locally: http://inhabitat.com/undulating-downland-gridshell-in-england-is-a-self-supporting-structure-built-from-local-oak/

[5] + SHINE Architecture: http://shinearchitecture.com/projects/1/incubadora/

[6] plusmood: http://plusmood.com/2011/12/incubadora-social-itesm-bancomer-shine-architecture/

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