EBC Aguascalientes

LOCATION: Aguascalientes, MX.

YEAR: 2016

TEAM: Pablo Pérez Palacios + Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas, Jorge Quiroga, Andrés Domínguez, Jesús García

Located in the north-central Mexico, Aguascalientes blooms between what is called the macroregion of the Bajío. In the last years, Aguascalientes has been recognized for its economic growth, its quality of life improvement and its urban development.

The Escuela Bancaria Comercial (EBC) is a private business school with more than
80 years of experience with seven campus across the country. Today, as part of its expansion program, it is seeking to open a new campus in Aguascalientes, for which it holds
a close competition.

In the ever changing city of Aguascalientes, the EBC project centers in a flexible proposal that can work as an independent campus or can be linked in the future with the mix context such as residential and commercial spaces. The proposal aims to generate public spaces that foster coexisting team work and the exchange of ideas. Therefore, the program develops around a central semi open courtyard where a central staircase links the two story building.

The plan is based on four concrete blocks that enclose a central public space that can be accessed by the the four corners encouraging gatherings and networking. Along the sides, the academic life takes place in a more private scheme surrounded by gardens that act as a physical and visual barrier. The cafeteria is located at the back of the building opening towards the gardens giving a pause in the active student life. In the north side of the building, there is a two story library which seeks to inspire students. It houses
a double height reading room and a digital area where they can investigate, work
and study.

One of the biggest challenges in this project was to allocate 3700 m2 of parking spaces; this was resolved creating two parking lots, one underground and the second at the back of the building.