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Cemex Building Award: Mexico

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World Cement,

The Cemex Building Award is an initiative created and organised by Cemex for the purpose of distinguishing the best in architecture and construction around the world.

Each year, Cemex has distinguished the best construction projects and all the people who have made them possible.

The Sombrerete Park Community Centre, located in the capital of the state of Querétaro, Mexico, is the type of project whose collective and individual social impact far transcends its architectural simplicity.

This is the rationale of Juan Alfonso Garduño, the architect responsible for the project awarded first place in the Public Services and Community Well-being Category of the 23rd Mexico edition of the CEMEX Building Award Competition.

The initiative came to fruition through in-kind donations including materials and voluntary labour. Among those working on the project were a group of students from Cambridge University who, over the course of two summers, helped out in the construction. Moreover, the background of the Centre features a wall made of concrete test cylinders—donated by Cemex—where users have a place to gather and store materials, including PET, glass, and cardboard, that are recycled to finance the centre.

With a limited budget, the team worked with whatever resources they had at hand—from useless curbing to straw and earth—to create slabs. “Many of these materials are useful because we can use cement as a binder in different ways,” explained the architect.

Edited from source by Joseph Green. Source: Cemex

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