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© Rafael Gamo
  • Architect: TAAR / Taller de Arquitectura de Alto Rendimiento
  • Location: Calle 5 de Mayo 300, Sta Maria Ahuacatlan, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Carlos Ruiz Galindo Ripol, Isaac Cielak Grynberg
  • Special Facilities: Entorno Taller de Paisaje, BIOe
  • Area: 791.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographer: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo

“El Humedal (The Wetland)” is an environmental research facility that tries to re-shape the relationship between human beings and their environment in a way that it becomes reciprocal in all aspects.


© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo

Program + Section

Program + Section

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© Rafael Gamo

The research center analyses, documents and processes everything that comes from the edible forest and orchard in order to gather knowledge about the benefits of this ecosystems and its vast resources.


Axonometric

Axonometric

This project was conceived under the no-waste and net-zero principles, which means that the building generates a 100% of the resources that it needs to operate and does it in a closed loop.




© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo

El Humedal features an edible forest, a constructed wetland and an organic orchard; it can harvest 130,000 liters of rain water for internal use; it can treat sewage water through biological powered treatment plants; it generates compost from human feces and forest pruning; it uses thermos-solar panels to warm water and photovoltaic panels to generate all the electricity it needs to operate.


Passive Irrigation Plant

Passive Irrigation Plant

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© Rafael Gamo

Bioclimatic Section

Bioclimatic Section

The architectural design is place based reflecting local culture, it uses a high percentage of local and recycled materials that are harmless to humans and the environment, that were selected for their thermal and esthetical characteristics.


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© Rafael Gamo

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