suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
dan CUADRA: San Francisco del Oro, Mexico. A dead end stop on the Ferromex rail line. This small mining town in the foothills of the Sierra Madres is the site of an intervention in the memory of a railroad station long since dismantled. From the zinc mines in the outlying hills, ore is brought to a refinery complex in the center of town via an elevated cable car system, distinct in the city’s skyline.
Sorted and extracted, the precious metals are exported via train for further treatment and use. The intervention seeks to unite the terminus of the train tracks to the gondola system running throughout the city, bridging a discontinuity in the path of travel of materials from the mines to the end user.
Reorienting the tracks to meet the incoming gondolas, the intervention creates a fusion of structural systems: the repetitive profile of the tracks, linked by a stabilizing rail blends with the aerial structure of the cable cars: wires supported by guides and carrying the weight of the two diverging skin surfaces. The structure expands over its length, transmuting a line in the ground into and infrastructural object and creating a complex interior space capable of accommodating all manner of public activities.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
dC: Inspired by the Victorian structural aesthetics of Gustave Eiffel, and influenced by the tutelage of Craig Hodgets and the late Raimund Abraham.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dC: Looking at photos and drawings taken at the site. Listening to Delerium and various orchestral music. Watching the film Man on Wire. Remembering the words of Raimund Abraham’s last lecture at SCI-Arc, shortly before his passing.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
dC: Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, and Felix Candela