Orchid Educational Pavilion by FGP Atelier

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Firm.- FGP Atelier / Lead Architect.- Francisco González Pulido
Completion year.- 2017
Gross built area.-100sqm
Werner Sobek (Werner Sobek Engineers) and Mathias Schuler (Trans Solar)

Francisco Gónzalez Pulido FGP Atelier

Francisco Gonzalez Pulido, international architect based in Chicago. FGP leads FGP Atelier, that is currently focused on designing buildings across a range of scales and typologies that contribute to social and economic advancement through the alignment of Design, Science and Technology. He does so by drawing on nearly three decades of experiences spanning three periods of practice: leading his own studio in Mexico City (1993-1998), collaborating with Helmut Jahn and becoming business partner and President of JAHN (1999-2017), and now as founder of FGP Atelier, since 2017.

After having mastered the global scale and a range of typologies, FGP wanted to turn his focus to the level of the detail and begin designing experiences that would allow different programs to depart from their standard form and typology in order to become their own unique species. The experiences that FGP Atelier creates are defined by their atmosphere, bespoke attention to detail, connection to the local material construction tradition, and lightness in the way that the building touches the ground and skillfully becomes integrated with the context in which it lives. They are derived from site, program, material, ecology, and energy performance in order to create an intelligent building. The result is a cinematic experience that at once makes the building at home within its environment and, at the same time, creates an elevated experience that transports the inhabitant so that they might learn, live, love, and thrive in the world.

Although FGP Atelier is the first time that FGP has designed exclusively under his own brand, he has expressed his vision in independent projects from his first period in Mexico City, via projects that bare his unmistakable vision while collaborating with JAHN and serving as President, and through independent projects he did outside of Jahn during that period of practice. Highlights from the Mexico City period include a summerhouse in the ‘Huasteca Tamaulipeca’, Casa Museo M5, Casa Zárate in Oaxaca, and Casa Paredes in Mexico City as well as work for corporate clients such as General Motors, Lucent Technologies, and Price Waterhouse. While at JAHN, he left his distinct mark on Veer Towers in Las Vegas, Leatop Plaza in Guangzhou, Doha Convention Center, and Japan Post Tower among many others. It was during this period that he realized the award-winning Spacecraft – executed independently – in Valencia in 2014 for Porcelanosa as a modular prefabricated micro-dwelling allowing for variable configurations and extreme efficiency. FGP also designed and built the Orchid Educational Pavilion, nominated for the prestigious Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize in January of 2018.
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