PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation
Firm LocationDistrito Federal, Mexico
Lead Architect111ARQ
ClientInstituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural R-7 Ec

Creating an interpretation center to value the
miner historical past of Portovelo (South
American Development Company) to safeguard the
mining heritage.
The proposal is to recycle old auriferous
material storage tanks, elements on condition
of disuse, disuse, the incorporation of
museology in rooms.
The project rescues culture and working
memory; the history focuses on gold, one of
the natural resources most coveted by man.

A golden history, Grandparents through stories
that convey the history of an era:
Insensitivity, neglect and vandalism have
taken a heavy toll to the place; however, it
is still possible to see elements that still
remain. They were identified 21 patrimonial
assets that may be redeemed.

Inside the tanks - Making useful the obsolete:
Low construction impact high cultural impact.
The Interpretation Center will become the
Portovelo canton embryo of cultural, social
and economic development. Getting an identity
from the places historical social point of
view; recreational activities, workshops and
cultural programs.

Reception, interpretation room, model SADCO,
recreational, audiovisual, souvenirs and
The project stands out for the preservation of
the site, but at the same time it generates a
proposal for the children's public (space
architecture) and for the general public
(Restored Industrial Architecture).