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Mexican studio Colectivo C733 has created a square-shaped pedestrian pier that hovers over a coastal lake in Bacalar, Mexico to function an aquatic exhibit, defending the location from urbanisation and human exercise.

Ecoparque Bacalar, accomplished in January 2023, is a fragile boardwalk that stretches 20,451 sq. ft (1,900 sq. metres) over a 17-acre (70,000 -square metres).

The Bacalar Lagoon in Quintana Roo is residence to the world’s largest freshwater bacterial reef and residing stromatolites, a useful evolutionary treasure that provides the water its vibrant teal shade.

Colectivo C733 created a boardwalk in Bacalar, Mexico

The shore options one of many final remaining mangroves in Bacalar, because the shoreline has been threatened by city sprawl.

“The mission’s predominant technique is to reduce the influence of human exercise by decreasing this system, appearing with precision, and treading calmly on the wealthy natural world,” Colectivo C733, which relies in Mexico Metropolis, advised Dezeen.

The two,625-foot (800-meter) lengthy open-air pier varieties a sq., appears out in each path, and varies in peak to keep away from disturbing the mangroves whereas permitting guests to glide out over the water.

Bacalar boardwalk with town in the background
Bacalar Lagoon in Quintana Roo is residence to the world’s largest freshwater bacterial reef

The slope of the pier casts an elongated shadow throughout the water through the daytime.

The environment friendly structural system was constructed with native wooden and features as a column, beam and basis all on the identical time.

boardwalk through mangrove cluster
The mission was designed to assist protect the lagoon and the mangroves on its edges

Trailing via meandering pathways from the road, guests arrive within the centre of the western facet, the place service areas, restrooms, and a analysis laboratory are constructed into the pier’s stable kind. 4 small pavilions function the one inside area.

The remainder of the pier is flat and uncovered – with guardrails the place wanted however in any other case open to the panorama – utilizing the treeline as shade the place attainable.

Boardwalk with people walking over light blue water
The walkway and its helps had been made largely from wooden

“The mission reduces the quantity of constructed area, reinforcing the technique and the location’s pure programs,” the studio stated.

As a substitute of inhibiting the view or threatening the ecosystem, the staff opted to inscribe the museum exhibit on the pathway, carving a timeline of the world’s biodiversity onto the wooden and alluring guests to interact with the atmosphere.

“The panorama technique mitigates water air pollution via pure filters, depressions, rain gardens, and the rehabilitation of degraded mangroves, whereas a museum exhibit raises consciousness of the world’s distinctive biodiversity,” the studio stated.

Ecoparque Bacalar has been shortlisted within the infrastructure and transport structure class of the 2023 Dezeen Awards.

Underside of walkway
The walkway slopes at its furthest extent over the lagoon

Colectivo C733 – a collaboration between Carlos Facio, Eric Valdez, Israel Espín, Gabriela Carrillo and José Amozurrutia – just lately accomplished a brick music college topped with a hovering timber roof in Nacajuca and a market with an inverted trapezoidal roof construction in Matamoros, Mexico.

The pictures is by Rafael Gamo.


Challenge credit:

Structure: Colectivo C733: Carlos Facio, Eric Valdez, Israel Espín, Gabriela Carrillo and José Amozurrutia
Design Crew: Fernando Rodríguez, Montserrat Loyola, Dino del Cueto, Santiago Blanco, Carolina Andrade, Karim Gómez
Construction: Óscar Trejo
Electrical and mechanical engineering: Spl, Riparia
Bioremediation Methods: Taller Nuevos Territorios
Mangrove restoration methods: Dra. Claudia Teutli and Dr. Jorge Herrera
Different consultants: Dra. Luisa Falcón, Ing. Juan Ansberto, Luz en arquitectura, Pedro Lechuga, TEMAS MX
Museography: Dra. Luisa Falcón, Laguna
Contractor: Zenith
Consumer: SEDATU, Municipio de Bacalar



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