San Ignacio Community Center / Grupo Edisur
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Manufacturers: Autodesk, Cerro Negro, Holcim, Lucciola, Trimble Navigation, VentPlex, ferrum
Agustin Aguirre Caudana, Alejandro Mur
Urban role within the sector of intervention. Site/Location. The building is located in a new development on the outskirts of the city of Cordoba, Argentina. This peripheral sector was once the center of industrial activities. The San Ignacio Community Center is a private proposal for public space where the local community is responsible for the activities and maintenance of the architecture. The main purpose of the building is to activate social processes for community development. It was designed to promote social assemblies and community participation in urban planning.
The community center is located on the main road with access to public transport. It is also part of the ecological route that seeks to bring nature closer to people. To encourage the identity of the community, the building recovers the historic landscape of the industrial period. To this end, the building was designed in memory of the old factory infrastructure such as industrial facilities and water tanks which could be seen from great distances due to their height. In this way, this building is recognized as a community reference and as a meeting place or starting point.
The recreational and representative program. This CC has been designed to support the evolving process of the community. A community that was born from the commercialization and development of a real estate business and that over time, through various actions, gains autonomy and begins to be managed by its neighbors. The building is designed as a large hangar with two covered areas connected by a semi-covered space. Each of these spaces was initially planned to accommodate two types of activities; a surveillance center with an office for the urban administration and space for the entertainment of its neighbors. The building presents itself as an ornamental sculpture with a strongly introverted interior.
The relationship between exterior and interior is a progressive experience through covered, semi-covered and uncovered spaces. Intermediate spaces play a major role in the expansion of activities, as well as in climate protection. The spaces around the building allow for community ownership through different modes of participatory design.