Project's Summary

La Planta: Transforming a Sewage Treatment Plant into a Multidisciplinary Center

In the town of Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, a sewage treatment plant that had never been operational has undergone a remarkable transformation. What was once a site of decomposed organic matter has now become a hub for art, sports, and leisure activities. This project, undertaken by the architectural studio Agraz Arquitectos S.C., has breathed new life into the abandoned facility.

Constructed almost two decades ago, the sewage treatment plant in Tlajomulco de Zuñiga had never fulfilled its intended purpose. Over the years, it had fallen into a state of disrepair and decomposition. Local authorities recognized the need for a new direction for the site and faced the challenge of finding a cost-effective solution. The demolition of the plant's high resistance concrete walls would have been prohibitively expensive, leading to the decision to repurpose the existing structure.

Through careful study and consideration of the site's potential, the transformation into a multidisciplinary center was proposed. The goal was to create a space that would serve as a cultural, sporting, and leisure destination for the nearby communities of Santa Fe and Chula Vista in Tlajomulco. The water channels within the plant were thoroughly cleaned, and access stairs were built. A 450 square meter roof was then installed, providing cover for the entire area. This roof also serves as a canvas for a captivating art piece by Francisco Morales, reminding us of the power of culture as a social reintegrating factor.

The repurposed facility now offers six rooms with ample natural light and ventilation, eliminating any sense of being underground. Large windows and patios enhance the overall ambiance of the space. The entrance stairs also double as performance areas, allowing for the simultaneous enjoyment of various activities. Children can attend a philharmonic rehearsal while ballet classes, painting workshops, gymnastics lessons, and football classes take place nearby.

The rooftop of La Planta provides a versatile space for hosting events. A metallic arbor has been installed, offering shade for visitors. Plans are also underway to create additional sun protection for outdoor activities. The collaborative efforts of artists Adrian Guerrero and Paco Morales have played a crucial role in the success of The Plant project, effectively transforming a once-derelict sewage treatment plant into a thriving center for art, sports, and leisure.

La Planta is a testament to the power of imagination and creative problem-solving. By repurposing an existing structure, the project has not only saved significant demolition costs but has also provided a valuable resource for the community. This multidisciplinary center has become a vibrant space where people can come together to engage in various activities, fostering a sense of community and enhancing the quality of life for all.