The Room has one circular entrance measuring 2 meters in diameter, and a smaller porthole measuring 60 centimetres placed 2,8 meters above the ground level. Both holes are realized with precast concrete elements, such as common sewage headwalls. If needed, the entrance of the Room can be closed by placing a couple of solid wood panels in front of it.
The Room includes certain things and excludes others: it separates an interior from an exterior space. It produces a small region where the urban pressure of Mexico City is both absorbed and provisionally suspended. Outside, the walls provide 225 square meters of total exhibition surface for the festival purposes. But they can also be painted, used to hold temporary structures, covered with advertisement, vandalized. Inside, a silent “fragment of desert” holds the memory of the origin of the city. It doesn’t suggest any specific activity, nor tries to forsee them. Its gentle slope is generous enough to accept the unpredictable.
Finally, the Room can be easily dismantled or, rather, demolished. Its ordinary construction material can be collected and recycled. New concrete blocks can be produced from the old ones.
Photo credits: Juan Benavides, LGM studio & Luis Gallardo