Note: This project was originally published in Spanish on ArchDaily on April 27, 2016. Due to the news of the project's partial collapse, we have translated the original post to provide more information in English.
Currently underway in Mexico City, the project by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos inserts a new urban-scale project designed under environmental and social concepts to expand public spaces and the collective interaction in the south of the city. The volumetry of this mixed-use project that incorporates commercial developments, corporate towers and a large urban park.
"ARTZ is more than just a project, it is a space that improves the city and therefore the quality of life of its users," comments Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas, president of SMA.
More information about the project is available below.
Text description provided by the architects and translated into English by ArchDaily.
In response to the current demand for quality spaces and constant urban growth, Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos introduces ARTZ Pedregal, a mixed-use project that promises to be the new icon in the heart of southern Mexico City. This project is within a completely urban landscape, on a site of 50,500 m2 and adjacent to very important road axes.
Following several analyses and given the understanding that there are few quality public spaces in the city, the central concept of ARTZ Pedregal is based on the creation of a large 5,000 m2 public park at the center of the project, created as a primordial space with abundant vegetation, organic walking paths, squares and water mirrors that produce a sense of isolation and tranquility in the outdoors.
Understanding this large park as a response to this need, the group is committed to generating open urban environments and social interaction typical of a street in a traditional city. The direct contact with nature allows the sun, wind and rain to fall without any obstacle into the central park.
On one side of the park, three office towers are connected via unifying volume of two levels called the "Office Park." At the opposite end is a fourth tower for corporate use.
The base of the corporate towers are integrated into the park, allowing the commercial development to extends on four levels with a wide range of restaurants, cinemas, services and commercial premises. An interior street is designed in the center of the project as a guiding element in order to optimize the flow of the different accesses and uses.
Given that the development sits on volcanic rock characteristic of the area, the forms of the project express tectonic geometries referring to the geological characteristics of the terrain. The volumes allude to strata of earth that are placed and aesthetically ordered to organize the different levels and uses of the architectural program.
The original perimeter of the property is surrounded by large trees that have been conserved, generating a vegetable mattress to isolate the noise and respect nature.
With the intention of improving the context and the area that surrounds it, the ARTZ Pedregal gives Mexico City a depressed tunnel on Anillo Periférico that will significantly improve the traffic flow creating more possibilities of access from the first and second floors from the Avenue. A perimeter street is also contemplated to be built to avoid obstructing the traffic of the surrounding avenues, to provide services to the different components of the project and to access the common parking of six underground levels. Finally, some roads will be widened to facilitate the mobility of its surroundings.
LocationAnillo Perif. Blvd. Adolfo Ruiz Cortines 3720, San Jerónimo Aculco, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Architectural ProjectSordo Madaleno Arquitectos
President of SMAArq. Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Director of Architecture at SMAArq. Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
Project DirectorArq. Andrés Cajiga
Design ManagerArq. Luis Hernández
Design TeamArq. Fernanda Roldán, Arq. Thelma Ruelas, Arq. Armando Ledesma, Arq. Marco Antonio Manríquez
Coordinator of EngineeringIng. Marcos Hernández
Engineering TeamIng. Héctor Ruiz
Construction CoordinatorIng. Gabriel Sánchez, Ing. Juan Pérez
Media and MarketingArq. Rosalba Rojas, Arq. María Luisa Guzmán, Lic. Angélica Chávez, Arq. Jimena Orvañanos
Structural EngineerGrupo RIOBOO
Electric EngineerPYSEE Proyectos y Suministros de Ingeniería Eléctrica S.A. de C.V.
A/C EngineerDe Buen y Asociados
Systems and Special Installations EngineerInnovative Designs
Hydrosanitary EngineerDiseños de Sistemas Hidrodinánicos
Illuminator ConsultantIdeas en Luz
A/V ConsultantInnovative Designs
Landscape ConsultantGabayet Paisajistas Plántica
Security ConsultantInnovative Designs