Designed by Rojkind Arquitectos, the Foro Boca is a impressive structure that aims to transform the cultural life of the community it now belongs to. Foro Boca will be the home of the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra. The Orchestra itself is fairly new, having formed in 2014. Since then, their performances have attracted diverse musical talent. The presence of local and foreign musicians has already started to positively alter the cultural life of this city – an outcome which this structure hopes to continue. The architects, Rojkind Arquitectos, describe the project as an “urban detonator” – a structure that will bolster the modernisation of the city, a phenomenon often referred to as the ‘bilbao effect’ after the cultural and economic benefits of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, a structure initially at odds with its surroundings.
The Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra runs an after-school social development program for low-income children called the “Orquestando Armonia”. The program focuses on choral and orchestral education to foster values of dedication and creativity within the children and the community. To facilitate this, the orchestra needed a new home; a new social space for the orchestra and it’s community minded programs.
The theatrical mechanics, isoptics and acoustics in the concert hall are some of the most sophisticated in the country. The concert hall seats 966 people and has the agility to be used for dance, theatre or cinema as well as its primary function as a music venue. The structure also includes a rehearsal hall that can hold 150 spectators and is equally multifunctional. There are additional smaller rehearsal halls, a musical library, administration offices and a recording studio. The building will be used for workshops, courses and various festivals with panoramic views out to sea. Inside, the spaces are separated by soundproof concrete walls that are punctuated with vertical bands, matching the pattern on the exterior concrete blocks, of glass, allowing strips of light to brighten the space.
Boca del Rio is a city on the coast of Mexico, in the municipality of Veracruz. Much of the infrastructure is located around the World Trade Center Veracruz. The city is named after the river upon which the new structure sits. Surrounded by sea walls, the design appropriates the concrete blocks that are employed as ripraps for coastal defence. The arrangement of the large shapes of exposed concrete is seemingly random. The subtle pattern of undulating rectangles on the surface give the structure an interesting texture, giving the blocks a slightly softer appearance. Being so exposed to the elements, on the border of river and ocean, the building will develop a patina over time, like the rocks around it, which will add even more interest to the surface of the deconstructed concrete cubes. The cluster of asymmetrical blocks are an sophisticated contrast to the historic architecture of Veracruz.
Foro Boca Plans
Photos by Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos