In 2010, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Mexicali, Mexico, causing massive damage -- damage that Studiohuerta hopes to mitigate should such a disaster strike again. The architecture firm has created a new, "anti-seismic" building to house the Center for Postgraduate Studies at CETYS University in Mexicali that should minimize the effect of any seismic activity.
Located just east of the San Andreas fault line, CETYS has felt more than its share of earthquakes. As such, Studiohuerta's earthquake-resistant design is a wise choice. The building is a "fortified block" with thick walls and a fixed-base steel structure that rests on a reinforced concrete foundation.
Despite these brutalist necessities, the building maintains an attractive layout both inside and outside. It goes to show that functional requirements need not preclude impressive form.