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  5. Rojkind Arquitectos
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  7. Chedraui Santa Fe / Rojkind Arquitectos

Chedraui Santa Fe / Rojkind Arquitectos

Chedraui Santa Fe / Rojkind Arquitectos
Chedraui Santa Fe / Rojkind Arquitectos, © Rojkind Arquitectos, render by Glessner Group
© Rojkind Arquitectos, render by Glessner Group

Supermarket stores have become the last link in the linear and out of consumer sight “farm to fork” chain. For the new Chedraui Supermarket Store in Santa Fe, Mexico City, Rojkind Arquitectos proposes that folding the chain onto itself and bringing it into view becomes an opportunity for interactive and educational programs, connection to local markets and a place for community. The proposal comes in response to the company’s desire to launch itself into a new direction offering something more that just groceries and goods; it tries to position the brand in a new market segment not considered to date, to help establish the new sustainable direction the company is trying to achieve and to offer a unique experience to it’s consumers while giving a public space back to the city.

© Rojkind Arquitectos, render by Glessner Group
© Rojkind Arquitectos, render by Glessner Group

The new store occupies the footprint of an existing cinema directly adjacent to the Santa Fe Shopping Mall. Besides the store and new rooftop-parking garage for 250 cars, there is a 3,128m2 orchard on the terrace level that customers can access directly from the store to learn about organic farming and select their fresh produce for purchase. On that same level an area is provided where a weekly market comprised of local farmers and producers can sell their goods adding to the diversity of products traditionally offered by the supermarket. This orchard can also be used by the nearby office workers and neighborhood residents as a place of “refuge” from the car driven development of Santa Fe which lacks public spaces and parks.

Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

The facade is composed of 531 GFRC (fiber glass reinforced concrete panels) which give the store its very dynamic signature in direct contrast to the typical “ retail boxes” which have sprung in the neighborhood. Four large tensile structures shelter the parking area and pathways to the orchard from the intense sun and become an iconic landmark for the area as they glow at night.

© Rojkind Arquitectos
© Rojkind Arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lomas de Santa Fe, Cuajimalpa, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Michel Rojkind
  • Partner

    Gerardo Salinas
  • Design Team

    Arie de Jongh, Rodrigo Medina, Victor Mtz., Juan Carlos Sainz, Adrián Aguilar, Alfredo Hernandez, Carlos Campos, Gerardo Villanueva, Karina Amparán, Isaac Smeke, Andrea León, Beatriz Zavala, Carla Castañeda, Rodrigo Flores, Nadezda Stankovic, Elizabeth Galvez, Jesus Guerra, Cristina Keller (Strategy), Rosalba Rojas (Marketing)
  • Area

    8800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Rojkind Arquitectos, render by Glessner Group, Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos
© Rojkind Arquitectos
© Rojkind Arquitectos
  • Structural Engineer

    CE Ingeniería Civil
  • Facade Engineer

    Studio NYL
  • Design Computational Consultant

  • Tensile Fabric Structure

    Lonas Lorenzo
  • Facade Installation

    Núcleos Integrales
  • Interiors

  • Landscape Consultant

    Tecnología Elipse
  • Lighting Consultant

    Luz en Arquitectura
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "Chedraui Santa Fe / Rojkind Arquitectos" 27 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Arq.Gloria · October 24, 2013

Realmente lo interesante es como las estructuras tensadas comienzan a fusionarse y sustitur las formas estructurales tradicionales en México, son formas organicas que la cultura las califica determinadamente para bien o para mal; sin puntos medios. Se entienden mas facilmente desde el punto de vista artistico/escultorico, casi atemporal.

Anonymous · October 06, 2013

looks like peyote

Ben · October 06, 2013

The drawings are really nice and well studied. The project looks awful though.

reengo · October 03, 2013

Buenisima la calidad y el nivel de dibujo, increible el estudio de la forma del edifcio, pero el resultado es mediocre, la falta de un estudio de carácter urbano se lee a distancia, ese estacionamiento al frente debió ser subterráneo, necesita una gran plazoleta al frente con comercio de baja escala y esas velarias debieron celebrar algo mas importante que otro estacionamiento... un gran monumento al auto.

Jean · October 26, 2014 03:41 AM

lo que tu no sabes es que ese estacionamiento de enfrente tiene alrededor de 5 niveles de estacionamiento subterraneo.

tetra · September 28, 2013

Ugliest project in the world.


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