Santa Maria Market
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Design Studio IV - 3rd year
Jose Manuel Zurutuza and Miguel Lopez Melendez
Victor Alcerreca and Balazs Nemeth
Finalist INGENIA 2006 First Prize: “Summer Internship in Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners” in London, England
What is the scope of an architectural project?
The proposal involves a Market, a Day-Care Center and Dorms in the neighborhood of Santa Maria la Ribera in Mexico City. The project was created to revitalize the social dynamic and reduce problems such as insecurity and pollution by proposing mixed uses as well as indirect benefits for people who live in the neighborhood.
The architectural project is not an isolated component within the city. It has an urban impact and vice versa. Therefore, Santa Maria Market must address not only those people who would enter the market but also the pedestrians on the sidewalk. The market becomes a public space even when the market stalls are closed.