Border Crossing

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México / Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Arquine Competition
Architects / em-estudio
Renders / Andres Ramos
Year / 2005

The U.S.A. presents itself as an omnipresent land of opportunities but reality is quite different; it is a rather hermetic country with an aggressive attitude towards the immigrants. Mexico, on the other hand, is a flexible country, open and friendly with its many visitors. Based on these contradictions and variable fluxes, topographic movements were intentionally generated to make evident the differences between both territories. While the U.S.A.’s control station is represented as a monolithic and hermetic giant block right on the entrance of its territory, Mexico’s control station emerges from its own land completely adapting to the natural context of the landscape. The pedestrian connection between both stations is made possible by bridges. U.S.A.’s bridge directly penetrates its own building while Mexico’s connection rises from the ground merging with the topographic conditions. The mutual need of both countries is represented in the intersection of the stations right in the middle of the border, a neutral spot between both territories, no man’s land.

Border Crossing between Mexico and U.S.A.

Plan View