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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Antara in Mexico City, Mexico by Sordo Madaleno Architects

 
September 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sordo Madaleno Architects

Antara, which means “heart” in Sanskrit, represents an evolution that provides a guideline for urban renewal and defines the complex’s design based on an open space that breaks with conventional architectural norms for a shop-ping center, by means of three pedestrian entrances between the Ejército Nacional and Molière avenues in Polanco, in northern Mexico City.

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Timothy Hursley

  • Architects: Sordo Madaleno Architects
  • Project: Antara
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Photography: Paul Czitrom, Fernando Cordero, Sófocles, Timothy Hursley
  • President: Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Project Leader: Arq. Jorge Isaías Guerrero, Arq. José María Zarazúa
  • Construction Area: 185,000 m2
  • Terrain Area: 48,500 m2

  • Design Date: 1997
  • Termination Date: 2006
  • Status: Built
  • Project Manager: Arq. José Luis Santillan
  • Coordination Engineering: Ing. Marcos Hernández Rodríguez
  • Media and Marketing: Arq. Rosalba Rojas
  • Design Team: Arq. Armando Zárraga Alvarez, Arq. Jesús Montaño C., Arq. Octavio Sánchez A., Arq. Fermín López González, Arq. Abraham García Alvarez, Arq. Avelina Espinosa Bravo, Arq. Abraham Tejeda
  • Graphic Identity: NYC
  • Signaling: Recisa
  • Estructural Engineering: Grupo RIOBOO
  • Façade Engineering: FAPRESA, PRETCSA
  • Electrical Engineering: DECSA
  • Air Conditioning Engineering: IACSA
  • Systems and Special Engineering: Innovative Designs
  • Ingeniería Hidrosaniataria: Diseño Hidrodinámicos
  • Lightning Consultant: Luz y Forma, Arq. Luis Lozoya Granier
  • Landscape Consultant: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • Construction: Civil Engineering: DECOS, Arq. Luis de la Vega
  • Developer: GIDI, Leader: Ing. Ignacio de Velasco, Subleader: Ing. Alejandro Calvo
Image Courtesy © Sófocles

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Sófocles

The layout highlights the traditional shape of a street with parallel parameters that becomes a sweeping curve, functioning as a compositional axis. Ten-sion in the complex is supplied by moving water in the two courtyards that adorn each end. A promenade of shops and restaurants extends from a half-circle, prioritizing space and creating a tangible dialogue with the city while orga-nizing the rest of the design.

Image Courtesy © Paul Czitrom

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Paul Czitrom

The main floor distributes the spaces and unfolds through fountains that snake between benches and triangular volumes that rise from the floor and indicate main access points to the parking area. The ar-rangement of the business premises lends spaciousness to the open floor plan and allows the exterior design to be mim-icked in the flow of the shops as part of an interior-exterior relationship. The circulations encounter different vanishing points to unveil urban interventions between the trees and green walls. Bridges connect the commercial passage on the first floor, configuring a materiality in which wood and stone textures contrast with glass and metal.

Image Courtesy © Sófocles

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Sófocles

The resulting perspectives reflect an integral design of the finishes in each building element. The façades of the prefabricated concrete elements covered with slabs of blond limestone, Moorish stone with brown and ochre highlights on the floor, as well as black granite pieces in the fountains and wooden detail-ing, all underscore the spatial and architectural continuity of the complex. The second floor is home to the food court, restaurants and movie theaters. This areareceives natural light through modular elements by using glass as an essen-tial element, not merely to confer transparency during the day and illumination at night but because of the syncretic feel the courtyard acquires as a result of the materials used. The project’s master plan includes a second stage with two 21-story corporate towers and a 180-room hotel.

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sófocles

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Sófocles

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Architects

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