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Hñähñu Multimedia Center

Hñähñu Multimedia Center

Aldana + Sánchez - Architects
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Marcos Betanzos

Hñähñu Multimedia Center

Aldana + Sánchez - Architects as Architects

What was the brief?

Above a rural house a new multipurpose room for technological services, the windows make a terraced viewpoint with Catalan vaults, herringbone walls and structural lattices. This hybrid construction integrates culture with production seeking to make a new modest destination.


What were the key challenges?

The Hñähñu Multimedia Center project consists of creating a multipurpose room to provide technological services using the upper floor of a rural house. The architecture seeks to create a public place to gather people of different ages around its media activities: cyber coffee, gaming and cell phone services; the program also includes an apartment with independent access, the ground floor housing was wrapped with a lattice as a base for the building.


This work is located in the Ex Hacienda Ocotzá neighborhood in the community called Julian Villagran, Ixmiquilpan municipality, Hidalgo State. This rural settlement in the Mezquital Valley has an indigenous Hñähñu population (Otomí) and has less than a thousand inhabitants, most of them migrants in the United States.


What materials did you choose and why?

The concept is a terraced gazebo with curtain walls to take advantage of the views and the climate of the valley, the architecture is domed with semi-circular arches in memory of the colonial remains. Experimental construction systems were developed for Catalan vaults, petatillo walls and lattices armed with concrete nodes; hybrid construction mixes artisan masonry with metal structure to integrate cultural themes into the productive life of the inhabitants, this modest destination seeks to put the laggard community on the map to rescue the old hacienda that has not yet been registered.



Facade cladding:       

Fired red brick lattice armed with concrete nodes and steel back structure.


Tiling, Southern leigh, Interceramic


Generic metallic and wood carpentry


Generic metallic carpentry


Fired red brick catalonian vault with hybrid concrete and steel back structure.

Interior lighting:                      

Generic lighting products

Interior furniture:                    

Generic local carpentry

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