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Darcons Headquarters / Arquitectura en Proceso

  • 01:00 - 6 December, 2009
Darcons Headquarters / Arquitectura en Proceso
Darcons Headquarters / Arquitectura en Proceso, © Francisco Lubbert
© Francisco Lubbert

© Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Architects

    Arquitectura en Proceso
  • Project Team

    Jorge Cajiga, Raúl Rodríguez, Roberto Villarreal, Reyes Baeza
  • Structural Design

    Estructuristas y Consultores
  • Structural Engineering

    EASA construcciones
  • Project Managment

    Urbanismo y Edificación Mexicana
  • Area

    1406.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The site is located at a suburban lot of a middle size city in northern Mexico. As one drives towards it and away from de city, the building appears aligned with the road as an arched gate of a medieval town: looking through it one gets the scenery of the rural fields that surround the city.

© Francisco Lubbert
© Francisco Lubbert

The building was conceived as a frame that captures part of the landscape and at the same time defines a plane that divides the intercity from the suburbs. The skin of the building plays a dual role: on one hand it is the transparent material that allows the view through it, and on the other hand, it is the opaque continuous skin that defines the shape of the frame and protects the interior from solar irradiance. This skin was manipulated in order to differentiate the public space from the internal activities of the company: the main reception and the costumer rooms are outside the envelope raised above the ground as a Piano Nobile and organized as self defined entities. The operation space is contained within the envelope and flows throughout the building in a three dimensional open plan that honors the hierarchical organization of the company. In order to solve the continuity of the circulation the mass of the building was divided in various transversal slices, each presenting an intentionally different profile and two of them defining the geometry of the north and south elevations. The sequential juncture of all the slices creates deviations and convergences between the internal operational route and the external costumer route.


The geometry of the volume is shaped according to a juxtaposition of three rotated orthogonal axis structures. This was primarily done in an effort to recreate the space complexity produced by a urban grid designed in the style of the 18th century. The west elevation also benefits from the rotated planes by casting shades onto itself and minimizing direct sun exposure.

© Francisco Lubbert
© Francisco Lubbert

The rule was meant to be broken at the main entrance where the opaque skin suddenly sift direction to frame a cantilevered volume that flies above the portico. This creates a gesture of urban scale to emphasize the hierarchy of the entrance and contain the atrium of the building prior to the stair flight.

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alaa · December 15, 2013

plz can you give mw size ( height width) for darcons ?!

Barry Hill · December 14, 2009

whats with the buildings form? looks like a childs toy gone wrong

eunice · December 09, 2009

nice composition~

alejandro · December 08, 2009

Vientos! esta chido el edificio, y el choro, sólo restaría como dicen lineas atras unas plantas de conjunto y unas fotos más de lejos pa darse una idea del lugar, no conozco Chihuahua habra que ir. Felicidades, por cierto la idea de girar la reticula de la piel exterior del edificio es muy buena.

mARCo · December 07, 2009

Very beatiful composition of shapes and's very attractive and bilanced...very great design!!!

Alipasha · December 07, 2009

fantastic .
composition of forme and structure .

ballistamagazine · December 07, 2009

It would be great to see a site plan and some context photos to see how that 3-form juxtaposition (as a means to "recreate the space complexity produced by a urban grid") translates into a rural suburban site...the form and treatment is seductive enough, but the context is curiously absent from both perspectives and plan. Fun-looking project though!

Roberto · December 07, 2009 10:30 PM

The town of Delicias was designed as a juxtaposition of grids, one rotated at 45° from the other with a couple concentric rings that circle downtown (a small scale interpretation of Lenfant's design for Washington).
There is also the rural irrigation channels that cross the city and disturbed the already complex grid of the city.
The building location is one of several places at the town where all three grid layers meet.
Although the geometry of the site is pretty regular, the way one approaches it is not.
The building is located at the outskirts of the town so the immediate built context is composed of single story housing that fade out to the open farmland.

P.Burke · December 07, 2009 05:09 PM

totally agree with u. the site juxtaposition is useful. but still strong enough to attract my attention.

Actualizacion FEEDS · December 07, 2009

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