BICENTENNIAL MEMORIAL OF THE BATTLE OF PUEBLA
Puebla, Puebla, Mexico 2011
TheCity of Puebla is a place with a vast richness in culture and traditions whereevery corner is a clear proof of its history made throughout time; we can finda kaleidoscope of buildings, textures and sounds that are all interwoven andcreate the current Poblana culture. Within this cultural mosaic, we can find onthe northeast side of the Zócalo a complex of spaces destined for culture,education and recreation; this site will host the memorial.
Whilethe competition called for an Emblematic Monument, often regarded as asculptural object, this proposal creates a new project: an undulating spatialfabric made of the social and architectural current conditions.
Theproject aims to activate and foment the use of the site by creating new openpublic spaces and reinforce the beautiful city views and landscape.
Thememorial promotes social interaction through the use of the intersticesgenerated by the deliberated designed of the spaces. These gaps contain theprogram of the memorial: an amphitheater, a mix-use gallery underneath theamphitheater, a playground, shaded open spaces and service area.
Artificialresemblance of the original topography, the overlapping wooden layer offers apark of undulating movements. Doing homage, the plaza symbolizes one of themost important historical moments in Mexican history. 150 trees were locatedthroughout the square, representing the years that mark the anniversary of theBattle of 5 de Mayo; the need of shade for the users comfort determined thelocation of the vegetation. The light poles reflect the number of battalions thatfought, while its location points to the sites where the most important battlesoccurred.
Thus, themonument becomes an unexpected public space, a viewpoint that looks over thecity and promotes a social and cultural exchange.