Each year since 2010, the ECO Experimental Museum in Mexico City organizes the Eco Pavilion, a competition that calls up architects and their firms to propose a pavilion for the museum’s patio. It aims to promote architecture in Mexico, as well as to involve Mexican architects in the museum’s activities and its unique architecture, created by Mathias Goeritz in 1953.
The winning design for the Eco Pavilion 2016 is “El Eco Experimental Park (PEEE)” by APRDELESP, a polemic project that hopes to become an invitation for the largest number of people to visit and use the museum in ordinary ways, for any kind of event. The intervention is set out as an unfinished whole —park plus museum during three months—, not as a new space nor as a space inside another space.
The project poses to transform the museum’s patio into a public park through the installation of a series of everyday elements and natural grass. This operation works as an invitation to use the ECO Experimental Museum, an institutional space, in familiar ways. In the proposal, visitors are active participants in the construction of this intervention and therefore play an important role in the creation of community. The pavillion proposal understands architecture not only as a construction of space but it stresses on what is readily available and on the context.
The Experimental Park The Eco is also a protest against the architecture of the public spaces in Mexico City and at the same time a space for dialogue.
The change of materials in the patio floor and the use of ordinary objects facilitate interaction among participants, attempting to expand the limits of the current space.
The ordinary objects suggested by APRDELESP are:
-250 square meters of Washington Bent grass (it is a mixture of over 25 seeds, watered twice a day and pruned once a week).
-2 multi-use foldable tables, for exteriors.
-1 circular (1.5 m diameter) table, in white resin.
-12 white plastic chairs, stackable, for exteriors.
-1 3m diameter umbrella in poliester fabric and stainless steel.
-1 inflatable pool (3 m diameter) with a water-filtering pump.
-1 step ladder in fiberglass, 3 m in height.
-1 8 channels mixer.
-4 1000W speakers with base.
-4 outdoors lamps with base.
-2 coal grills
-1 coffee maker
-1 portable basketball hoop (will only be used when the main exhibition hall is empty)
On the micro-site created for PEEE, a calendar can be edited, allowing people to post future events they are planning on hosting during the installation. Visitors become active participants in the construction of this intervention.
Museo Experimental El Eco
Sullivan 43, San Rafael, Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06470, Ciudad de México, D.F., México.
April 23 to June 12, 2016.
Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 to 18:00 hours