Rojkind Arquitectos worked around the clock to turn their client's requirements for a Chocolate Museum into a remarkable spatial experience.
While NestlÃ©â€™s chocolate Factory in Mexico City (located in Paseo Tollocan near Toluca) was in need of an inner pathway for visitors to witness the production of their favorite chocolates, a group of experts put together by rojkind arquitectos and Traqs suggested bigger plans for the company.
In terms of Architecture, what the Architect suggested was to create the first chocolate museum in Mexico and have a 300-meter long faÃ§ade along the motorway projecting a new image to the factory. The first phase to the Nestle Chocolate Museum took shape and required a 634m2 space that could accommodate the main entrance for the children to have the most pleasant experience and to start the voyage into the chocolate factory as soon as they enter this playful yet striking space, the reception area, the theater that would serve as preparation for the Nestle experience, the store or museum shop, and the passage to the tunnel inside the old existing factory.
The Architect was faced with the challenges of a dreadful deadline. The project had to be finished in just two and a half months including Design and Construction. He wanted to bring to life his concept of architectural experience, a sensorial architecture, full of the surprises, twists and folds.
To resolve the complexities of the architectural design required a team effort and in this case the Architects organized three separate teams with eight-hours shifts working therefore around the clock in order to deliver the project in time.
The result is a playful folding shape that is evocative for kids; from the outside it entices their imagination to perceive different shapes, a bird, a spaceship, or a creature. From the inside the project reveals itself progressively a series of spatial experiences evolving from one room into the other.
PROJECT_ Nestle Chocolate Museum (phase 1)
CONSTRUCTED AREA_ 634 Sq.Meters CLIENT_ NESTLÃ‰ DESIGN YEAR_ January 2007
DATE OF COMPLETION_ March 2007 ROJECT TEAM_ Agustin Pereyra, Mauricio Garcia-Noriega, Moritz Melchert, Juan Carlos Vidals, Paulina Goycoolea, Daniel Dusoswa, Matthew Lohden.
TRAQS_ Luis Araiza, JesÃºs Gonzales, Agustin Villegas.
Structural Engineer_ Moncad [Jorge Cadena]
Lighting Design_ Noriega Arquitectonics Iluminators [Ricardo Noriega], Fernando GonzÃ¡les
Landscape Design_ Ambiente Arquitectos Y Asociados, [Fritz Sigg, Juan Guerra], Erick Flores
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