Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Hudson in San Pedro Garza García, México by FACTOR: RECURSO
January 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: FACTOR: RECURSO
San Pedro Garza Garcia is a center of economic progress and of important entrepreneur culture in the state of Nuevo Leon. Its privileged geographical location has provided its habitants with the necessary resources for maintaining their quality of life.
The project is located in the original part of the Colonia del Valle, a prestigious neighborhood of this city with a strong cultural identity, that provide it with the appropriate social flow and contextual quality of any important venue for public meeting. Also known as Centrito Valle, it houses architectural patterns that have in common a modernist stroke, large circulations, abundant open areas, and an overall unity in material and architectural elements, where the use of brick is a common denominator.
Designed mostly as a residential neighborhood, the recent introduction of the concept of brand and author has created a programmatic tension that displaced residential atmosphere in favor of a growing commercial demand. This inadvertent appropriation is perceived as a disorganized and desolate space, where project and context fail in any conceptual unity, deteriorating the neighborhood’s original conditions. Most projects created and/or restored here, are made up of functional plans that forget their spatial-temporal relationship in favor of their economic success.
This project works at the disposal of its context, infiltrating it volumetrically and chromatically, making its iconographic purpose predictable and clear, and satisfying its own programmatic needs through a volumetric composition that rhythmically concentrates it visual force, adapting to the change of position of the observer, considering its trajectory and speed, to create scenes through their perfectly symmetrical dual display.
Its location, construction characteristics, and North-South orientation supply it with the accurate control of lighting, ventilation, solar protection, thermal insulation, visual impact, auditory impact, and other issues of operation and maintenance. The project is resolved in three levels, a natural lighted basement that functions as both parking and storage; a ground level elevated 6 feet to guarantee uninterrupted visual contact from street level; and a mezzanine that takes advantage of its elevated position to create an open and high-roofed space. Two perimeter circulations connect ground floor and mezzanine, pursuing to function as psychological breaks between floors by highlighting the qualities of each one separately. The building is mostly transparent front to back, taking full advantage of the created views, natural lighting, and maintaining its commitment to its commercial nature. There are no private paces here, only service, commercial space, and windows.
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