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Cathedral of Cancun: passive energy architectural design

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Cancun, January 30.- The Catholic Prelature Cancun-Chetumal is preparing to continue the construction of the first stage of the Cathedral of Cancun in Supermanzana 31, with a radical change in the architectural design, as announced by the Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo.

Elizondo explained that, after the construction works stopped for several years, the plan is to have the first phase of the Cathedral ready by 2020, as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Prelature, which will be held at the end of November next year.

The Bishop indicated that plans are underway to radically change the architectural design of the building, it’s been almost two decades since the original project was presented, and now the architectural trends have changed, more open constructions are being sought and, above all, in harmony with nature.

“The project aims to be one of the first religious contemporary projects in Mexico with a passive energy design. The cathedral is 100% naturally ventilated responding thus to the local climate therefore there is no use of artificial cooling. All the elements in the design of the Cathedral will be made of local materials (wood, stone, etc.). There will be a treatment of grey waters and the rainwater will be collected and stored in a tank for further watering of green areas. The roof will be covered with photovoltaic panels to meet interior and urban lightning consumption thanks to the high sun incidence over this particular area of Mexico.”

Credits Erick Velasco Farrera: AVP_arhitekti Vedran Pedišić: SANGRAD architects Carlos A. Rodriguez: ARQMEDIASTUDIO

“The principal idea of the proposal is the simplicity of composition, using the cross as a plan scheme. The concept visualizes 4 walls which intersect one another in the center forming such cross-structure. Those walls represent the 4 evangelists who at the same time are linked together by a large dome that renders light within the inner space representing the Holy Spirit. The light, as a crucial point in this project, marks a dramatic effect when passing through the dome and indirectly over the cathedral wings.”


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