Interfacing Reliefs by Jorge Ayala

International Highschool
Sonora State, Northern Mexico
2012

Built sur­face: 3000 m²
Site Surface: 2 HA

Interfacing Reliefs is the con­cep­tual design pro­posal for an International Highschool by the Paris-based [Ay]Architects Studio embrac­ing the exist­ing topog­ra­phy while medi­at­ing with local extreme cli­mate con­di­tions.
The over­all strat­egy is based on a series of topo­graphic rib­bons capa­ble of gen­er­at­ing nat­ural wind-corridors and sun­light due to the pro­posal ori­en­ta­tion avoid­ing sun expo­sure.
Due to the very lim­ited bud­get, [Ay]A pro­poses a scheme based on a grid-like fig­ure ground respond­ing pro­gram­mat­i­cally and func­tion­ally to the needs of the high school.
The pro­posed land­scape also oper­ates as pock­ets of veg­e­ta­tion and green­ery absorb­ing the day­light heat. The band sys­tem orga­ni­za­tion allows the con­struc­tion to be exe­cuted in 3 phases and is due to start in 2012.

[Ay]A Studio is cur­rently devel­op­ing a Campus Masterplan and a series of Educational Buildings in the Sonora Desert, located in Northern Mexico. More projects to come.

© ALL IMAGES Courtesy of [Ay]A STUDIO

Biography :
Mexico-City born Jorge Ayala founded [Ay]A in 2010.
[Ay]A is an inter­na­tional design stu­dio based in Paris com­mit­ted to cut­ting edge research and mate­r­ial exper­i­men­ta­tion, across scales. [Ay]A engages with mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary fields from fash­ion design, archi­tec­ture to land­scape urban­ism, com­plex organ­i­sa­tional sys­tems and strate­gies in both the­o­ret­i­cal and pro­fes­sional praxis.
Since 2008, Jorge has lec­tured glob­ally and led work­shops in the United Kingdom, China, Iran, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Canada among oth­ers. In 2013, Jorge has been appointed to become the Mitchell Lab Designer Program Director at Texas A&M University in the United States.