Architects: AS/D Asociacion de Diseño
Location: Mexico DF, Mexico
Lead Designers: Fernando Velasco, Paola Morales
Project Team: Jose Munoz, Eduardo Palomino, Santiago Garcia De Letona, Piergianna Mazzocca
Construction: Punto y Raya Arquitectura y Construccion. Honorio Juarez
Site Area: 900 sqm
Buit Area: 2,400 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeremy Clouser, Piergianna Mazzocca
The Building has been designed to allocate both retail and office space in a 900 square meter site located at the commercial strip of Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico.
The building has two fundamental components: The ground floor a transparent volume that allows a unique interaction with the interior and it’s context, the upper level a volume with a more solid and reflective appearance allocates the offices. The façade presents a series of vertical openings that are intended to bring natural light into the offices.
The program requirements are organized in 3 levels: An underground parking that introduces lighting as well as ventilation due to its elevated platform; graphics are introduced as part of the design of the building.
The main entrance acts as a connecting component between the main areas, creating a continuous dialogue between interior and exterior. The ground floor allocates the retail space around a double height atrium. The retail spaces range from 45 sq. meters to 75 sq. meters; its layout allows different possibilities of configuration as well as both interior and exterior frontage for maximum exposure.
The upper level contains space for 8 independent offices which range from 45 sq. meters to 135 sq. meters, each one having privacy as well as independent access through a corridor and bridge that projects towards the central atrium. The double height space is used to introduce light onto the inner facades.
The volumetric composition that projects and appears to be floating gives the building a strong yet subtle image within its surroundings.