Pilares is a social impact public project designed by Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura to offer a multifunctional and inclusive space to the local community of Iztapalapa. Estudio Ome was invited to bring the soft and alive touch in between the new volumes.

The patios and roof top were planted with native vegetation from the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, allowing small pieces of a larger landscape to coexist within the urban environment, such as Escobo Baccharis conferta, Maguey pulquero Agave salmiana, Mexican sage Salvia mexicana. They were enriched with fruit trees and medicinal species such as Loquat Eriobotrya japonica, American elderflower Sambucus canadiensis, Toronjil Agastachemexicana. Self-clinging climbing plants will invade the pink textured walls and jump through the lattice façade to invite wildness into the creative space.

Today the peaceful space is inhabited by dancers, hummingbirds, photographers, gardeners, teachers, flowers, a cat, embroiderers, job seekers, painters, insects and a lot more.

CEMEX Building Award Finalist 2022 under the category Collective SpaceSelected project for the Ibero American Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning2022 Habitar al Margen XII BIAULonglisted in the civic building category of Dezeen Awards 2022Published in Arquine Magazine No. 101

Location: Iztapalapa, Mexico City
Year: 2022
Size: 130 m²
Architecture: Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura
Landscape architecture: Estudio Ome
Photography: Alex Raduan