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  7. Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

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Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

  • 12:00 - 11 March, 2015
Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas, Gabriela Etchegaray
  • Design Team

    Barbara Trujillo, Gerardo Villanueva, Gerardo Reyes, Carlos Campos, Andrea León
  • Area

    1650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012

    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro + 29

    • Media

      Rosalba Rojas
    • Structural Engineer

      MONCAD BSI Consultores
    • MEP

      Taller 2M
    • Landscape consultant

      Ambiente Arquitectos
    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

    Text description provided by the architects. Following the successful completion of Falcón I headquarters in 2003, the client retained Rojkind Arquitectos for the design of its expansion. Falcón, a supplier of medical equipment and instruments had outgrown its previous space and was in need of additional office area as well as space for a showroom and employee amenities.

    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

    Falcon headquarters are located at the heart of the traditional, and mainly residential, neighborhood of San Ángel in the southern quadrant of Mexico City. This historic area  is known for its colonial architecture, amazing gardens, low buildings and cobblestone streets.

    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

    In Falcón I the main house of a walled-in existing residential complex was completely renovated and became a yellow glass box floating in the garden with interstitial landscaping behind its facade and strategically framed views to the outside. The new Falcón II expansion was conceptualized as an extension of the garden itself so that it would complement the main building and preserve its green views; visual connection between interior and exterior was emphasized.

    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

    The new building was positioned directly behind the yellow glass box of Falcón I on the footprint of an existing structure that was demolished to allow room for a new underground parking and two story structure. A main challenge to overcome  was the proximity to the existing building. Rojkind Arquitectos invited Gabriela Etchegaray to work together in  the design of this project. The team decided on a simple transparent rectangular box to contain the expansion with plenty of natural light and undisturbed garden views. A simple transparent glass curtain wall was fronted with a sun  control layer composed of 510 modular planters arranged in an offset linear configuration that continue the garden feel over the façade. The drip-irrigated planters also help cool the building in a passive solar way. The garden was then strategically taken to the inside of the glass rectangle through double height atriums that give the interior a lofty feel. Vertical circulations were grouped at the back to preserve the sense of transparency.

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    A bridge connects the rooftop park of the expansion with a new employee dining hall placed over the existing Falcón I building. Extensive landscape of the surrounding grounds and a new street entry structure complete the overall design.

    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
    Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray " 11 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/606508/falcon-headquarters-2-rojkind-arquitectos/> ISSN 0719-8884
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