QMM Cultural Center

QMM Cultural Center

Architect
MATERIA

Gustavo Carmona
Location
Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico | View Map
Project Year
2022
Category
Cultural Centres
Jaime Navarro
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Drywall ceilingUSG Corporation
Interior lighting: LEDAEI Merida
Interior furnitureBAKAN
Interior furnitureBLU DOT
Interior furnitureBRACCO
Flooring: Veracruz MarbleMido

Product Spec Sheet
Drywall ceiling
Interior lighting: LED
Interior furniture
by BAKAN
Interior furniture
by BLU DOT
Interior furniture
by BRACCO
Flooring: Veracruz Marble
by Mido

QMM Cultural Center

MATERIA as Architects

The project began with a commission for a parking lot structure. Yet the existing house-museum and the pavilion marked an opportunity to capitalize on their legacy, key location and the growing attractive of Merida as a place of culture and tourism. After a carefully constructed master plan, the clients were presented the idea of a cultural center made up of art dedicated spaces supported by other programs such as the house, the events at the pavilion, a restaurant, bookstore and workshops.

photo_credit Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro
photo_credit Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro

Some of the key challenges were to architecturally integrate with the house (1906) and pavilion, also by Materia, that had won the Mexico City Architecture Biennale and were both protected by the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History). The project has to also be built using precast concrete with limited space to set up cranes and logistics. Construction has halted and affected by Covid pandemic and also by several tropical storms during 2020. Keeping with the integrity of the project vision while having to maximize resources during those times was exceptionally challenging.

photo_credit Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro
photo_credit Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro

Precast concrete not only kept with the spirit of the pavilion. It allowed us to design a construction system that could be both structure and architecture in all its realms. Fabricated locally.

photo_credit Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro
photo_credit Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro

Team:
Architect: Materia Gustavo Carmona
Collaboration: Karla Uribe, Gustavo Xoxotla, Luis Felipe Márquez, Mathías Henry, Raybel Cueva, Yaatzil Ceballos, Sandra Ciro, Teresa Berumen, Edgar Dzul, Magaly Morales, Miguel Ramírez, María Castelazo
Photography: Jaime Navarro

photo_credit Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro
photo_credit Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro

Material Used:
1. Facade cladding: Precast concrete. PREDECON
2. Flooring: Veracruz Marble, CANTERAS MIDO
3. Doors: Glass / MILLET
4. Windows: Glass / MILLET
5. Drywall ceiling: USG
6. Interior lighting: LED / AEI Merida
7. Interior furniture: Bracco, Bakan, Solferino, Capicua, Veta, Bludot

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