mexican-naval-academy

Proposed research : Using a CAD workflow in a rehabilitation project of historic buildings, optimising solutions for construction inaccuracies, historical concordance, and project documentation.

In collaboration with: Carlos Chávez & Luis Hernan

In the context of the Bicentennial Mexican Independence´s celebrations, the mexican navy launched the invitation contest for the Mexican Naval Academy HENM facade and interior renovation, originally built in the 50´s. Under the guidelines of respecting original geometry but adding a young-marine-oriented modern spirit, the architectural proposal won as a result of its successful combination of architectural abstraction and energy efficient technological solutions.

The solution abstracted the main elements from the military architecture, reorganising them in the facade plasticity. Every element would execute practical tasks facilities performance and comfort technologies. Case in point, ceremonies during special marine events require an assembling coverage structure.

While effective this system is slowly mounted, up to two or three months. Accordingly, a system of supporting retractible frame mechanism was design and integrated within the metallic structures that symbolise the verticality of the military command and the foundations of its discipline. In addition,every building was covered by a double skin system in order to keep intact the original facade while better climatic conditions were generated within the enclosures.

The team worked in coordination with Government Construction Department in developing the complete eleven buildings project. Simultaneously, a team of field experts worked in energy efficient areas as a means to propose the most efficient solution. In the background, a wok methodology was implemented based on the digital information of tridimensional models for generating  and technical specifications.