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National School of Theater
TEN Arquitectos

December 18, 2006 /

Mexico City, Mexico

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Photo: Luis Gordoa

The location of the National School of Theater has a unique set of contextual conditions.

Two perpendicular highways on the northern and western edges, linked by a circular off-ramp, as well as a metro line, generate continual movements in front of the triangular corner site.

The buildings contain three performance areas and their support facilities, rehearsal rooms, lecture halls, administrative offices, a cafeteria, a gym, scenography studios, costume design labs, and a library.

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Photo: Luis Gordoa

The various volumes are unified in a cylindrical shell, clad in curved steel panels, that creates an acoustic barrier from outside traffic and protects the building from the northern winds.

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Photo: Luis Gordoa

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Photo: Luis Gordoa

The spaces are organized as a series of stacked, individual volumes, unified by shared circulation and meeting spaces.

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Photo: Luis Gordoa

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Photo: Luis Gordoa

The shell enclosure, supported by bent steel tubes held in tension by steel cables, also allows for covered terraces, performance, and event spaces, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior space.

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Photo: Luis Gordoa

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Photo: Luis Gordoa

Although the spaces are arranged in terms of their accessibility, the articulated forms represent a model of controlled disruptive order. This contradiction between random appearances and a calculated order creates a paradoxical dynamism among the enclosed forms.

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Sketch courtesy TEN Arquitectos

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Drawing courtesy TEN ArquitectosSite Plan


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Drawing courtesy TEN ArquitectosGround Level Plan


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Drawing courtesy TEN ArquitectosLevel 1 Plan


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Drawing courtesy TEN ArquitectosTop Level Plan

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Drawing courtesy TEN ArquitectosTransversal Section

Facts about National School of Theater

Total area:

10,000 m2
Site area: 3,000 m2

Architect:
Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos

Project Team:

Enrique Norten
Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta
Gustavo Espitia
Miguel Angel Gonzalez
Armando Hashimoto
Miguel Angel Junco
Carlos Valdez
Oscar Vargas.

Structural Design:
Alonso-Garcia + Miranda, Ings.

Mechanical:

Tecnoproyectos.

Acoustical:

Jaffe, Scarborough, & Holden

Theater Mechanics:

Jules Fisher

General Contractor:

D.D.F. (Federal District Department)

Client:

The National Council for the Arts and Culture

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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