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Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, © Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architects In Charge

    Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Architecture Leader

    Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
  • Project Leader

    Arq. Humberto Mendoza
  • Architecture Team

    Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro, Juliam Silva, Andrés Muñoz
  • Área

    9000.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Facade Area

  • Media and Marketing

    Arq. Rosalba Rojas, Maria Luisa Guzmán
  • Structural Engineering y Construction Coordination

    Grupo RIOBOO
  • Lightning Consultant

    Noriega Iluminación
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

Text description provided by the architects. The classical department store is defined by a strict physiognomy: a box with four façades. This constraint was the principal challenge to be overcome in the project. Dematerializing the material was the guiding concept used to create diffuse limits based on the horizontality of the solid and void elements to achieve an effect of floating layers.

Corte por Fachada
Corte por Fachada

The façade is comprised of these horizontal elements designed in a range of dimensions and sections, giving rise to a clean and fluid movement that culminates in the framing of the principal entrance to the store at one of its corners. This entrance is reinforced by a large welcoming vestibule that serves
as a transitional element with a majestic double height that permits the permeability of the façade. From the interior of the ground and first floors—where the gourmet food area is located—the exterior may be observed, thus breaking with the typical blind walls that define most department stores.

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

Optimization of resources was essential to the modulation of the façade, meaning it was structured in such a way as to employ a single aluminum panel
prototype for all the “layers” even though these have different dimensions, sections and movements. The “solid layers” range from 1.80 m to 3.40 m across the façade and in each of its corners. They comprise aluminum panels anchored to a steel structure. The “void” elements are actually aluminium mirrored panels that reflect the project surroundings, vegetation and the extraordinary skies of Queretaro. This effect of reflection creates an optical illusion of seeing through the material, making the solid elements appear to float with a magnetic force that prevents them touching each other.

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

The citizens of Queretaro have gratefully received this project, which has become a new icon in the city and acquired the popular name “the great book” due to its resemblance to the leaves of an open book. Palacio de Hierro is part of the Antea Lifestyle Center and is located at the north end of the complex as
one of its principal anchor stores. Antea is a linear development with a volumetry that is closed to the exterior and open to the interior, with a green backbone. The concept of the façade of the Palacio de Hierro in Antea seeks to contrast with the closed volumetry of the rest of the development, standing out with its permeable façade and an effect of openness to the exterior. Both Palacio de Hierro and the Antea shopping mall are designed by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos.


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Cite: "Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos" [Fachada Palacio de Hierro Antea / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos] 15 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Cruz, Daniela) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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