Cultural and Memorial Center of Puerto Escondido

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About the project
Puerto Escondido is known worldwide because of its surf-friendly waves. The project arises from the need to create a space dedicated to the cultural promotion of the area. It proposes the creation of large-scale educational and cultural spaces to promote the regional heritage. The building is planned as an educational and sociocultural space within a linear park, constituting a Master Plan on the coast. The volume integrates with the regional vegetation through internal gardens that work also as galleries, at the same time a platform is created where cultural and educational activities converge with a view to the ocean. The structure is designed elevated from the ground simulating a mangrove swamp, allowing adaptability with the ocean swell phenomenon. The facade of the building with wooden lattices, allows passing of the sea breeze. This connection with the surroundings is also transmitted on the roof which simulates the waves of the ocean and functions as a skatepark.

Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Submitter and author:
Inca Hernandez is a Venezuelan architect living in Mexico since 2015. He worked with world-renowned Architects such as Tadao Ando (Pritzker, 1995) and Alvaro Siza (Pritzker 1992) in different projects in Oaxaca for Casa Wabi's foundation. He has also worked in new real estate developments and restoration projects in Mexico City. He has currently started with his own firm Inca Hernandez Arquitectura developing research, art direction and architecture projects in Mexico, Venezuela, Italy and Colombia.
Architect of the project: Inca Hernández.
Collaborators: Maria Eugenia Porras, Framber Castro, Luz Mayra Nino.

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