Carefully aligned axes organise angular campus arrangement in Zacatecas, Mexico
Mexican practice Arditti + RDT Arquitectos has revealed to WAN a recently completed scheme for the Governmental City of the State of Zacatecas, located within existing property Cerro del Gato in Mexico. Arditti visualised a renewed campus with an organic, flowing organisation across two main axes. Pavilion volumes are situated under this basic linear arrangement.
Plans are to include an architectural sculpture on the intersection of these axes as a contemporary landmark signifying the entranceway to Zacatecas. Across the first axis is a water feature inspired by historical aqueducts, its raw angular protrusions complimenting the dry mountainous landscape that surrounds the complex whilst the water basins provide a relaxing visual for the buildings’ users.
In reference to this historically-inspired landscape design, the first campus axis is born from a milestone atop the nearby hill and ends in the general access to the Governmental City. The second composition axis also originates at the milestone and culminates at a terrace, the view from which overlooks the city of Zacatecas.
Throughout the campus are a number of plazas, walkways and channels which intersect one another, forming a simple network of pedestrian pathways. Within each of the plazas, archaeological references are made to the ‘Santa Monica Plaza’, the ‘Altavista Plaza’ and the ‘Plaza de la Quemada’, indicating the importance of art and sculpture in the architectural arena. As such, sculptural elements and water mirrors are utilised as wayfinding markers for users of the governmental complex.