ESTOA is a new building in dialogue with the city, landscape and people at UDEM, the University of Monterrey, Mexico
A dynamic interplay of solids and voids, open and closed spaces, in relationship with nature and the built environment, characterize the ESTOA project at UDEM – University of Monterrey, in Mexico.
A project by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio
The project, carried out by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, is an extension of public space and a new link between the university campus and the city. As a result, the new building connects the individual with the surrounding architecture and nature, fostering among students a sense of belonging to a community.
The site’s topography and the variety of uses led to the design of the new structure of the University of Monterrey as an articulated set of closed and open rectangular volumes blending with the surrounding landscape. ESTOA houses common spaces for students, classrooms, service offices, green areas with native vegetation, and parking lots. Private areas are located on the lower levels, while public areas are located on the upper levels.
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio’s new building offers students a refuge where they can socialize and feel welcome. But also a new educational hub where they can take classes, study and carry out academic research.
[Text: Arianna Callocchia/Photo: Iwan Baan]