In Jojutla, Morelos, Mexico, the earthquake of September 19, 2017 left more than 2,600 houses destroyed and almost all of their public infrastructures, such as schools, squares and the central church, were turned into ruins. Our team was in charge of the reconstruction of the Sanctuary of the Lord of Tula, a center of patrimonial worship with more than five centuries of history.
The project is developed from a large roof composed of brick vaults, supported by a concrete structure poured on site. The structure is resolved from a structural arch on each side that rests only on the corners. This solution allows the passage of air and the entry of comfortable light for ceremonies, thus avoiding the use of mechanical air conditioning systems and excessive energy consumption in artificial lighting.
The plan is understood from the classical typology of the cross basilica, but at the same time we seek to redefine it through the section. The staggering of the floor from the atrium towards the altar produces a slow detachment from the outside world, which allows building a relationship of privacy and seclusion without losing contact with the tropical space of the gardens and nature. In this way, the space takes up the typology of the open chapel and makes it possible to produce a threshold space, between inside and outside, of indefinite limits that in its ambiguity allows occupation, multiplicity of uses, and above all the certainty of being everyone's home.
Credits International Prize for Sacred architecture – Segundo lugar
Area: 450 m2
Clients: Infonavit | Carlos Zedillo, Alejandra de la Mora, Javier Garciadiego, Carlos Farah + Fundación Hogares | Cristina Rubio
Architects: Dellekamp/Schleich | Derek Dellakamp, Jachen Schleich + AGENdA Agencia de Arquitectura | Camilo Restrepo Ochoa
Team: Dellekamp/Schleich | Francisco Eduardo Franco Ramírez, Jose Manuel Estrada, Gustavo Hernández, Elizabeth Molina, Sana Frini, Samuele Xompero, Santiago Sitten, Mariana Víquez + AGENdA Agencia de Arquitectura | Mariana Mejía, Camilo Toro, Hellen Winter
Structural design: Oscar Trejo, Sergio López
Installations: Ubaldo Velazquez
Landscape design: Taller de paisaje Entorno | Hugo Sánchez, Tonatiuh Martínez, Paulina Zarate
Illumination design: Lightchitects | Carlos Hano
Acoustic design: Xicotencatl Ladrón Guevara
Construction: Serafín Adame, Eloy Cruz, Francisco López, Alexis Garicoits Hernández, David Herrera
Construcción de bóvedas: Andres Flores Castañeda
Construcción de jardín: José Apolinar Ballesteros Rodríguez, Ricardo Antonio Ballesteros Amaro
Carpintería: Bernardo Pedro Cruz López Supervisión de obra: Juan Carlos Martínez, Marcelino Delgado Castrejon
Dirección de obra: Rafael Luna, Juan Fronjosa, Ruth Cantera
Gestión municipal: Roque González
Materiales: Concrete CEMEX, Ladrillera Mecanizada
Special thanks to the Diocese of Cuernavaca, Obispo Ramón Castro Castro, Germán Arrieta Fuentes