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Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico, is best known for its beautiful mountains and strong industrial backbone. In the heart of the city i… Read More
Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico, is best known for its beautiful mountains and strong industrial backbone. In the heart of the city is Fundidora Park, a unique specimen of industrial archaeology (it was previously a massive steelworks and foundry established in 1900). The park is home to extensive gardens, museums, convention centers, auditoriums, theme parks and cultural venues such as Conarte (Council for the Culture and Arts of Nuevo León). Conarte reached out to Anagrama with the mission to create a space that would foster a love of reading and learning for children. The children's library and cultural center was to be inside a warehouse-like building, an untouchable heritage site of the state. Our design proposal needed to take into account the untouchable nature of the building and, in some way, enhance it. The result is a multi-purpose, asymmetrical reading platform meant to simulate Monterrey's mountainous topography. The bookshelves are not only used as storage, but serve as a dynamic space to play and learn, to fire the imagination and provide comfort while reading. The installation's colorful and geometric aesthetic contrasts directly with its antique, industrial building, elevating both elements in a cheerful and unique way. Read Less
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Niños Conarte

Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico, is best known for its beautiful mountains and strong industrial backbone. In the heart of the city is Fundidora Park, a unique specimen of industrial archaeology (it was previously a massive steelworks and foundry established in 1900). The park is home to extensive gardens, museums, convention centers, auditoriums, theme parks and cultural venues such as Conarte (Council for the Culture and Arts of Nuevo León). 

Conarte reached out to Anagrama with the mission to create a space that would foster a love of reading and learning for children. The children's library and cultural center was to be inside a warehouse-like building, an untouchable heritage site of the state. Our design proposal needed to take into account the untouchable nature of the building and, in some way, enhance it.

The result is a multi-purpose, asymmetrical reading platform meant to simulate Monterrey's mountainous topography. The bookshelves are not only used as storage, but serve as a dynamic space to play and learn, to fire the imagination and provide comfort while reading. The installation's colorful and geometric aesthetic contrasts directly with its antique, industrial building, elevating both elements in a cheerful and unique way.
Monterrey, la tercer ciudad más grande en México, es mejor conocida por sus montañas y su cultura con enfoque industrial. En el corazón de la ciudad se encuentra el Parque Fundidora, previamente Fundidora de Fierro y Acero de Monterrey y ahora enaltecido como Museo Sitio de Arqueología Industrial y patrimonio del estado. El parque cuenta con amplios jardines, museos, centros de convenciones, auditorios, un parque de diversiones y centros culturales como Conarte (Consejo para la Cultura y las Artes de Nuevo León). 

Conarte nos contactó con la misión de diseñar un espacio que fomentara la lectura y el aprendizaje para niños. La biblioteca y centro cultural infantil estaría albergado en una antigua nave de fierro y ladrillo considerada patrimonio del estado, razón por la que no podíamos intervenir en la estructura, pero sí, de alguna manera, enaltecerla.

El resultado es una plataforma dinámica, asimétrica y multi-usos que simulara la topografía montañosa de Monterrey. Los libreros cumplen la doble función de guardar y habitar, constando de un espacio didáctico que impulsara la imaginación y la diversión. El diseño vanguardista, brillante y colorido de la plataforma hace una gran yuxtaposición con el edificio antiguo e industrial, enalteciendo ambos de una manera única y alegre.