national-geriatrics-centre

Underlying research: Controlling resulting geometry of a parametric design process using variable manipulation in a Voronoi/Dirichlet tessellation mathematical system. Interactive architecture via non.conventional environmental reactive materials. Degree thesis component project

In collaboration with: Luis Hernan

The Research Institute in Geriatrics was proposed as final project for the last and most important subject on the Architecture undergraduate program, including a highly specialised hospital, research laboratories, teaching facilities, a development centre and community outreach. The project sought to answer the lacking of development in a Mexico’s priority area for the next 20 years. The NCG (National Centre for Geriatrics) is intended to be a spread-head in improving an alarmingly-growing elderly population quality of life. As programme complementary point, Taxqueña transport facilities were rearranged and improved so the NCG could be properly established in the polygon.

The design process began with the hypothesis of generating an intersection between the programme and uses in the volume. The facade comprised a skin generated from a point cloud rendered according to lighting requirement in each building area. For this purpose, a generative algorithm based on Voronoi- Dirichlet tessellation was used to find the optimal area of sunlight exposure resulting in a non-Euclidean geometry. The resulting aesthetic drew an iconic geometry giving a specific character to the urban and architectural context.

In effort to generate an interactive architecture, not only in the design process but in its operation as well, the skin was designed with experimental-compound Dupont prosolve370e pre-formed panels. Given its molecular structure, the material reacts to environmental CO2 through a catalyst reaction generating water and carbon monoxide, hence reducing pollution.