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Oaxaca’s Historical Archive Building

Oaxaca’s Historical Archive Building

Project Description

The project is based on the need to preserve all the documentary richness of Oaxaca’s heritage.

The location of the building is a highly symbolic site: the park „Las Canteras“, from this place was extracted the stone to build the city of the Verde Antequera.

The main function of the Archive is to preserve and protect the documentary collection, will somehow mark and guid its architectural design. Users and visitors of the Archive, as well as the site natural beauty, should mingle harmoniously out, with and within the buildings. So the public ways, leading to the auditorium, classrooms, libraries, exhibition halls and cafeteria, must intertwine inside the building without interfering with the work world of file collection, organization and restoration tasks.The volumes of the building are distributed respecting the existing trees, generating courtyards  and interior corridors which generally cross ventilation and good natural lighting.

The building is built of concrete walls of ocher color, alluding to the color of the lands of the Mixteca Region.


Oaxaca’s Historical Archive Building

  • Oaxaca
  • Mexico
Completion: 2016
Used materials
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Concrete

Type of Building

Architect Office