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Laguna Chapel

Recycled timber church and community center

The project rebuilds a church in an old lumber town on a lagoon. Wood from the original chapel and other buildings is recycled to erect a modular structure adapted to local timber construction.

Respecting the site, the new church and community center define a square for public use, including cultural and educational programs that complement religious activities. The building ensemble uses passive ventilation; rainwater collection; and polluted water from the lagoon is cleaned.

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Borrowing from tradition without copying historically established forms
“Sustainability? Answers to the needs of the context” – Andres Soliz
“Next Generation” prize for inspiring vision of sustainable construction
“Exploring the role of memory, both in a spiritual and material sense” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 for Latin America
Project Details
Zoh Laguna, Campeche, Mexico
Andres Solíz
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Andres Solíz
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
Lazbent Pavel Escobedo Amaral
Main Author
Lazbent Pavel Escobedo Amaral
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
"Next Generation" 2nd prize 2014
Latin America
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“Sustainability? Answers to the needs of the context” – Andres Soliz Paz
“Sustainability? Answers to the needs of the context” – Andres Soliz Paz

A team from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) won the “Next Generation” 2nd prize for “Laguna Chapel: …

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