Wood city By Oscar Ulises Ramirez Hernandez​​

Wood city

By Oscar Ulises Ramirez Hernandez​​


Mexico city is a fascinating case, is a very interesting city in a lot of good ways, but at the same time is conflictive and corrupt. Is the capital and most populous city of Mexico and one of the most important financial centers in America. The demand for housing in one of the biggest cities in the world is constant. This demand originated its horizontal growth arbitrary and messy. The necessity of vertical growth in the city is essential for its future. Mexico city is full of subtilizes lots, this is why build additional floors with wood represent a great opportunity of satisfy the demand for housing, changing the shape of the city in a lot of good ways.   

It is demonstrated that wood is the material of the future in construction industry, all technological innovation have demonstrated is viable as a primary material for mid and high rise buildings. On the other hand wood is environment friendly, as the only renewable building material. At the same time consumes less amount of energy than the most popular materials use in construction, concrete and steel. Also wood farms helps to pull carbon dioxide. 

This proposal tries to invite population to be part for a Renovation of the context to get a more efficient city, understanding the importance of vertical growth. Wood city represents a necessity of rethink the city with a public spirit; buildings open to the city offering the opportunity for a fairer city. Wood city opens transitions between the line of private and public, where residents shared spaces whit the rest of the city. 

The glass and wood facade are designed to respond to the context.  The building exterior clad in locally wrapping the existing building with the apparent wood structure. By exposing the structure, the building created a space characterized by the presence of wood cross, creating a new essence of renovation, but keeping the spirit of the zone with the warmth of wood. The market (existing building), take a new scale making easier its identification in the context. Facilities included in the proposal are, market (actual building), park extension to the first floor for communal use, two floors for office use (co-working space) and apartments (studios and lofts) to fill different necessities of housing. Wood city is a mix of uses that reduce the use of a car and make viable mobility by walking and bicycle in short distances.​

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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