The projected comprised the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the common areas in El Higuerón Housing Unit, located in Jojutla, Morelos, which was severely affected by the Mexico S/07 and S/19 2017 earthquakes. We expanded the uses of public space through a system of courtyards and program fringe-structures which activate the unit alleys. The executive decision to rehabilitate the underused areas was to complement the unit core which naturally concentrates most social activity.
The program fringe-structures are 4 multifunctional assemblies, each appealing to different audiences: together they comprise playground program, sports area, family rest area, and library (reading room with store room, multipurpose room and restroom). The cool shade of the fringe-structures enables outdoor activity during the hot daylight hours; and luminaires extend evening activity by increasing pedestrian safety and interconnecting footpath circulation.
The unit has a serious problem of continuous flooding. After several land studies, we concluded the surplus of rainwater is a geological condition inherent to the region, and therefore, the infrastructural solution should not avoid but manage water overflow.
We designed a woven petatillo pattern with reused prefab concrete clearances that were resignified to facilitate different levels of filtration and controlled vegetation growth. The spaces generated by the different floor designs lead to a system of sunken patios that, like a scheme of communicating vessels, collect water overflow; the patios temporarily become pools which like estuaries efficiently stream water to the terraces of wild vegetation.
The project activates an ecotone or habitable border between buildings. Every aspect of its design implements a functional solution. The project resignifies and reuses construction material, and the infrastructure integrates the hydrological peculiarity of the landscape to the program.