The Nutrition Centre with 836 m2 surface, was finalised on the 30th of July 1999. It is situated in the department of El Peten, municipal of Dolores in Guatemala, 70km from the ancient ruins of Mayas de Tikal. The autochthonous architecture is being replaced with advance and modern materials that may not resolve, but increase, the bad conditions of comfort in the habitat. Constructed with autochthonous materials and local labour, it is part of an integral help program, attendance and formation for an autochthonous population. Made with bioclimatic design, offering a positive comfort to the building without the complexity of technology, which makes it easily controllable. An even level of temperature is available for its thermic control and analysis. The building is a sample of autochthonous construction adapted to the environment and the subtropical climate; it is promoted by the organisation Architects without Barriers-Spain, and subsidise by different organisations, among them the Spanish Agency if International Co-operation (AECI). The following architects had collaborated in this project: Jose Miguel Esquembre Menor, Javier Cases Beltran y Enrique Barahona Ormazabal, the last one is managing and checking the works in Peten.
The nourishment centre of Dolores, El Peten (Guatemala), an architecture experience of the rational use of energy.
Architecture, City, Environment: Proceedings of PLEA 2000, James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd, London, UK, 2000, ISBN 1 902916 16 6, proceedings of the Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference, held Cambridge, UK, July 2000, pp 255-256.