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La Guadalupe: Celebrating Locality and Mexican Architectural Heritage

Zulfa Zia'ul Huda · December 2nd, 2023
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Simulating the colors of the building of the historic center of Jalpa de Mendez, the Community Development Center (CDC) “La Guadalupe” with its structure of eight concrete walls with parallel semi-circular arches, embodies the reinterpretation of Mexico's architectural heritage in a modern context, creating an inclusive community space for the citizens of the City Jalpa de Mendez.

La Guadalupa by CCA The Community Development Center, La Guadalupa, by CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica (cr: Jaime Navarro) 

Alongside the other two public spaces, the High-Performance Sports Center and the Recreation Park 'El Campestre,' the Community Development Center (CDC) “La Guadalupe” is part of an urban area development program in the City of Jalpa de Mendez. This Community Development Center provides various community spaces, including workshop rooms, multifunctional rooms, libraries, auditoriums, and administration areas.

La Guadalupa by CCA

The Community Development Center, La Guadalupa, provides various community spaces (cr: Jaime Navarro) 

Optimizing the community functionality, the building is constructed from eight concrete panels with semi-circular arches that stand parallelly from the ground to the upper floor, forming a rectangular space layout with a landscape garden amidst the building. Those facilities are placed on the right and left wings of the garden, orienting towards the garden and outside, which maximizes the relationship between people and the surrounding environment.

La Guadalupa by CCA

The eight concrete semi-circular panels (cr: Jaime Navarro) 

While reminiscent of ancient Mexican architectural styles, these semi-circular concrete panels enhance the visual experience and optimize air circulation within the building. The garden amidst the building provides a green oasis, fostering social interaction and offering tranquil views of lush trees.

La Guadalupa by CCA

These semi-circular concrete panels enhance the visual experience and optimize air circulation (cr: Jaime Navarro) 

Despite its imposing exterior, the interior opens with expansive glass walls facing the garden in the middle of the building. The orange concrete walls, harmoniously matched with the floor and ceiling, seamlessly blend with the brick-red steel element on the glass frames, doors, and stair railings. The color palette unifies the building with the surroundings, creating a cohesive visual environment.

La Guadalupa by CCA

The library inside La Guadalupe (cr: Jaime Navarro)

La Guadalupa by CCA

The harmonious blend of the orange and the red-brick color (cr: Jaime Navarro) 

With its distinctive orange semi-circular concrete panels, “La Guadalupe'' showcases localized design inspired by ancient Mexican architecture. It successfully established itself as a hub for community development, breathing new life into the community while preserving the rich heritage of Mexican architectural styles.  

La Guadalupa by CCA

The Community Development Center, La Guadalupa, by CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica (cr: Jaime Navarro) La Guadalupa by CCA

The Community Development Center, La Guadalupa (cr: CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica) La Guadalupa by CCA

The Community Development Center, La Guadalupa Floorplan (cr: CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica) La Guadalupa by CCA

The Community Development Center, La Guadalupa sketch (cr: CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica) 

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