Plaza Mediateca

Library and media center

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    The Media Library Rincón Grande aims to promote the process of learning, knowledge, and social interaction (as a means to reduce inequality) of the community, using architecture as a tool to build social space, strengthen community identity and cohesion.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    The modular design of the infrastructure (roofing, cladding, structure) provides a sense of harmony with the urban context, respecting the scale of the immediate environment. Its north and south façades take full advantage of the quality of natural light to perform the activities for which the building is intended. Inside, the spaces are visually connected to the outside environment. Its purpose is for students to use the space as inspiration to learn with enthusiasm.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Urban context.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Site.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Site plan.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Plan.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Sections.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Passive strategy.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Construction process.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Sustainable strategies.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    “Next Generation” 4th prize for “Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center in San José, Costa Rica” presentation (l-r): Manrique Arrea, CEO Holcim Costa Rica with project authors Fabricio Mora and Maria Emilia Sanchez, both Universidad Latina, San José and Adrián Castro, Universidad Hispanoamericana, San José.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Four “Next Generation” prizes for inspiring visions of tomorrow were presented to projects by young professionals and students in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico.

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    “Sustainability? Space for social activities” – Fabricio Andrés Mora Cruz

    Fabricio Andrés Mora Cruz from Universidad Latina (Heredia) explains how the aim of the project is to provide space in a public building for education, entertainment, access to information, and facilities for social activities. “Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center” in San José, Costa Rica won the “Next Generation” 4th prize and explores the role of architecture to reduce social inequality through the construction of a library for both books and new media in neglected neighborhoods.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica

    Fabricio Andrés Mora Cruz, María Emilia Sánchez Cerdas and Adrián Guillermo Castro Rivera

  • Next generation Next Generation 4th prize 2014–2015 Latin America

The media library for the Rincon Grande neighborhood is designed as a modular raised platform resting on steel pillars covered by a ventilated roof. The orientation takes advantage of natural light and movable façade panels to regulate the internal breeze circulation, avoiding mechanical air conditioning. With a minimal environmental impact, this proposal offers a low cost, integrated and multifunctional solution, using local materials and workforce. 

By Adrián Guillermo Castro Rivera, - Universidad Hispanoamericana, San José, Costa RicaMaría Emilia Sánchez Cerdas, Fabricio Andrés Mora Cruz - Universidad Latina (Heredia), San Jose, Costa Rica

Ideas: Urban Requalification

The media library for the Rincon Grande neighborhood is designed as a modular raised platform resting on steel pillars covered by a ventilated roof. The orientation takes advantage of natural light and movable façade panels to regulate the internal breeze circulation, avoiding mechanical air conditioning.

With a minimal environmental impact, this proposal offers a low cost, integrated and multifunctional solution, using local materials and workforce. 

Plaza Mediateca

Project authors

  • Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony
    Adrián Guillermo Castro Rivera

    Universidad Hispanoamericana

    Costa Rica

  • Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony
    María Emilia Sánchez Cerdas

    Universidad Latina (Heredia)

    Costa Rica

  • Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony
    Fabricio Andrés Mora Cruz

    Universidad Latina (Heredia)

    Costa Rica

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