Altozano La Nueva Laguna Club House - Soft Border

Altozano La Nueva Laguna Club House - Soft Border

Architect
BUDIC_Buró de Diseño Integral Ciudadano
Location
Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Sports Centres

Wellness Centres
Jaime Navarro Soto

Altozano La Nueva Laguna Club House – “Soft Border”

BUDIC_Buró de Diseño Integral Ciudadano as Architects

Abstract:

BUDIC was approached by Grupo Altozano, a developer with a vision to create an iconic project for its first development in the north of Mexico. Hence the geometry of the Club House design was influenced by its border condition on the edge of the Nazas River, with a habitable ramping roof and a curved façade clad in slate with louvers protecting its social areas.


Description:

When Grupo Altozano was undertaking its first development on the north of Mexico, they wanted to create a building that left a mark in the La Laguna region. Reflecting its border condition - at the banks of the Nazas River, on the edge of two states and two cities - the project was conceived as a soft border that was habitable and social: a fluid geometry emerging from the terrain generating a habitable ramping roof leading to a large terrace with views over the river.


The building bends responding to optimal orientations and prevailing winds in order to shelter social spaces so that they remain cool and fresh given the hot weather conditions of the site. The architectural program is distributed in two storeys accessible from the expansive continuous spaces of the lobby and the snack bar. This continuous space is double height, protected by louvers and trees planted in its interior, and with views of the adjacent lakes to the south.


On the ground floor, administrative, snack bar and pool areas are accessed from the tree covered lobby-snack bar space. This space is crossed by a circulation linking recreational pools to the south and sport courts to the north. The events rooms are conceived as a separate entity with an independent entrance under a large cantilevering volume that acts as a 13m deep marquee with an events terrace. Service areas are located at the narrower parts of the building towards the east.


Access to the upper floor is via elevator or two staircases located at each end of the main circulation passage with views over the double height lobby-snack space. This aisle connects the changing room and bathing facilities – for both men and women - with the indoor sports area. The changing room facilities have access to a cantilevered terrace which serves as a relaxation area. The gym and the multi-use studios are located towards the west end of the main aisle.


The façade of the building is clad in Spanish slate cut in 23 x 32 cm shakes. These resemble the scales of a snake contouring the double curvature surfaces generated by the fluid form of the building. The scales are installed as a ventilated façade and act as natural heat insulation. The north façade of the building curving towards the east has a large opening marking the main entrance to the building. The south façade has another large arched opening that is protected from the south by louvers.


On completion, the project has achieved its initial ambition to generate an iconic building that incentivises social interaction. The expanse of tree covered social spaces results in a fresh and comfortable environment. The skin of the building acts as a protective layer and defines the volume perfectly, maintaining the original idea of a soft border along the river.

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