TENDAL

Pro­gram:
Loca­tion:
Year:
Sta­tus:
Cli­ent:
Pa­vi­lion
Mex­ico DF, Mex­ico
2020
Com­pe­ti­tion pro­po­sal
Arquine

Du­ring the 19th cen­tury the Mex­i­can rope in­du­stry ex­pe­ri­enced an eco­no­mic boom, pri­ma­rily in the Yuca­tan pe­nin­sula. With the ad­vent of plastic-ba­sed synt­he­tic ro­pes the na­tu­ral rope in­du­stry dwind­led as is to­day le­a­ding a mar­gi­na­li­zed ex­istence. In mo­ving to a post-fos­sil world, re­con­si­de­ring pre-fos­sil in­dust­rial te­ch­no­lo­gies and how they can be in­teg­ra­ted in a mo­dern so­ci­ety can be a vi­tal route to a more sustai­nable pro­duc­tion culture.

TENDAL was born from a re­flec­tion on cur­rent ar­chi­tecture and a wish to ex­plore na­tive ma­te­ri­als, rope and wood. It re­fe­rences tra­di­tio­nal dry­ing of he­ne­quen fibres while play­ing with com­mon ar­chi­tectu­ral ele­ments such as cor­ri­dors, rooms, walls and por­ti­cos to cre­ate an ep­he­me­ral ar­chi­tectu­ral ex­pe­ri­ence pri­ma­rily cha­rac­te­ri­zed by its use of material.

The pa­vi­lion can be as­sembled and disas­sembled quickly with no need for spe­ci­a­li­zed la­bour ne­ces­sary, your own hands and com­mon tools are enough to build it. It is de­sig­ned to mi­ni­mize cut­ting and pe­netra­tion of the source ma­te­ri­als. Once the two weeks are over, the ma­te­ri­als can be ea­sily reu­sed or recycled.