The Center de Studies OD, located in Mexico City, is an enclosure focused on religious preparation and formation, as well as a place of worship of Judaism, located in the middle of one of the most emblematic colonies of the City. The program of this Center of Studies is developed in 4 levels and a basement, turning internally the nave of the building towards the east following the tradition of Jewish prayer directed towards this direction.
The concept of the enclosure is composed by the interaction of two bodies, one given by the rectangular shape of the land and another body that incorporates the main program of the building designed with a rotation angle towards the east; this is how a bay is created that marks the access to the building; to the public and private spaces and their circulation. A tucked glass façade defines the pedestrian entrance to the study center by providing natural light to the building’s lobby; this light entry is modeled once it enters the campus through geometrically shaped ceilings that give different sensations in the building’s spaces in a set of volumes that are suspended to house different program areas; all study center spaces are naturally illuminated with vertical light entrances.
This building promotes a warm atmosphere in the nature of its materials, that is why the apparent partition has been chosen as the main material of the project for its nobility and humility, predominating in public spaces and facade towards the street, where the position in which the partition is arranged creates a unique skin for each space where it is applied; it is also combined in some spaces with marble in walls and floors.
The OD study center is presented to the city as a discreet and silent building where its architectural expression reaches the splendor in the dance that sunlight has with its walls inside; a succession of spaces that always look to the sky seeking to reach divinity.