Pascal Arquitectos : Competitions [part 2]


Part two of our posts showcasing competition work by Pascal Arquitectos is their design for the Biblioteca de Mexico Jose Vasconcelos [2003], in Mexico City. There’s almost no information about the project on their site, but I did manage to find some more through Google. The competition was held to find a new design for the modernization of the central public library in Mexico City.

This design in particular was an attempt to make engaging public spaces that would cause interactions between the surrounding retail based urban spaces and the library’s property – drawing the library building further into the social fabric of the area, and hopefully encouraging increased visitors / use.


What I found most interesting was the large atrium-type space formed through the rather large cut in the ground plane, as well as the shifting planes of the buildings floors [below]. While I was unable to find any programming information for the building [or really much information at all], I would think this had to do with a separation of public / private within the building’s interior – where the spaces were broken up by program but still [very] visually interconnected, so as to encourage more public use of the facility.

Once again [as with the previous post], any information that anyone out there has would be great to know as it looks as if it could be a pretty interesting project.



more info here from arquimaster
all images from the firm’s website

Posted: February 1st, 2007
at 6:13pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,competitions,architecte de la semaine

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  1. Hi,I am Carlos pascal from Pascal Arquitectos an I would like to leave this comment

    Why build a library today? seems absurd, it would be more logical to build a museum for books.

    This would be like a mausoleum, a masterpiece of our last president who in a patron’s act wanted to be remembered and transcend through its materiality.
    His intentions were to mimic what was done with the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao; to trigger the real estate recovery of the zone by creating added value to de adjacent land.

    Although from the beginning we suspected that the results were already fixed , we did not want to miss the experience of the exercise. Anyway our project was amongst the top fifty that were selected from the almost seven hundred that were submitted

    Until the age of the internet the process of reading a book would be to start from the beginning and finish at the end, and even though the end was there no one would dare to read it before the beginning.

    Nowadays everything is simultaneous, the cognitive process has changed , with the internet there is no beginning and no end, only hypertext an hypervinculation, there is no linear sequence in time and space, it is more in the order of the fractal.

    Knowledge is not specific either, as an example ,you cannot see today medicine ,without relating it to genetics engineering, etc, same should apply to spaces. In this project as form does not follow function any more because function is continually changing, there would be no specificity of spaces just hypervinculation of a series of changing and evolving spaces.

    As there is no beginning and no end, and most of the building is underground :you cannot see , its beginning or it’s end. It also melts into the urban landscape , the are no limits but diffused frontiers, you just see the tip of the iceberg everything else is unknown.

    Paradigms are broken , architecture is not formed out of walls columns, floors,windows, it is a whole that cannot be broken down in parts anymore


    9 Apr 07 at 1:56 pm



  3. i wannt detail design


    26 Sep 08 at 9:39 am



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