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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.

ARTZ PEDREGAL in Mexico City by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

 
July 18th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

In response to the current demand for quality spaces in a context of continual urban growth, Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos designed the Artz Pedregal, a mixed-use complex that promises to be a new icon in the heart of southern Mexico City. This project is located within a fully urbanized landscape on a 50,000 m2 site that is adjacent to major roads.

Park and Gallery view, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

  • Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • Project: ARTZ PEDREGAL
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Photography: Lighthouse 3D
  • President: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Architecture Leader: Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
  • Project Leader: Andrés Cajiga
  • Project Manager: Luis Hernández
  • Design Team: Fernanda Roldán, Thelma Ruelas, Armando Ledesma, Marco Manríquez

Artz Pedregal Overview, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

  • Engineering Coordination: Marcos Hernández
  • Engineering Team: Héctor Ruiz
  • Construction Coordination: Gabriel Sánchez, Juan Pérez
  • Media & Marketing: Rosalba Rojas, María Luisa Guzmán, Angélica Chávez, Jimena Orvañanos
  • Enviromental Certification: Leed Gold
  • Structural Engineering: Grupo RIOBOO
  • Electrical Engineering: PYSEE Proyectos y Suministros de Ingeniería and Eléctrica S.A. de C.V.
  • Air Conditioning Engineering: De Buen y Asociados
  • Systems & Special Engineering: Innovative Designs
  • Hydrosanitary Engineering: Diseños de Sistemas Hidrodinámicos
  • Lighting Consultant: Ideas en Luz
  • Audio & Video Consultant: Innovative Designs
  • Landscape Consultant: Gabayet Paisajistas and Plántica
  • Security Consultant: Innovative Designs
  • Construction: SMC
  • Construction Area: 390,081 m2
  • Terrain Area: 50,486 m2
  • Design Date: 2012
  • Status: Under Construction

Offices motor lobby, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

Commercial promenade, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

Following detailed analysis and in the awareness that there is a shortage of quality public space in the city, the central concept of Artz Pedregal is the creation of a large horseshoe-shaped public park as the principal space, with abundant vegetation, green walkways, plazas and pools that create a sensation of separation from the city and peacefulness in the open air.

Understanding this large park as a response to what the city lacks, the complex seeks to generate open urban areas promoting casual social interaction, typical of a street in a traditional city.

Motor lobby, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

Tower view from below, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

Artz Pedregal also aspires to become a generator of cultural experiences, which aims to integrate a gallery of international contemporary art housed in the central park. The gallery is designed as a circular body that appears to levitate above a large body of water, thanks to its mirror finish. It is a clear and continuous public space that blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior.

It further aims to foster direct contact with nature, allowing the sun, wind and rain to fall on the central park area unimpeded.

Gallery, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

Gallery Interior View, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

To one side of the park, three office towers are connected to each other through a two-story volume called “Office Park”.

On the other side, a fourth tower for corporate use stands. Forming a plinth for the corporate towers and integrated into the park, the shopping mall extends over the first four levels with an extensive range of restaurants, cinemas, services, and stores. An internal vehicle route is designed for the heart of the project, as a guiding element that will optimize flows for the different entrance points and uses.

Vehicle access, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

“ARTZ is more than just a project, it is a space that improves the city and as such the quality of life of its users.” Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas

As the development is constructed over the volcanic rock that is typical of the zone, the shapes employed in the project express tectonic geometries that reference the geological characteristics of the terrain.

Interior driveway view, Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, render by Lighthouse 3D

The volumes allude to the overlaid strata, ordered aesthetically to organize the different levels and uses of the architectural program.

The perimeter of the site is surrounded by large trees that have been respected by setting back the complex within the plot, thereby generating a green cushion that provides acoustic dampening.

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

In order to improve its surrounding environment, the ARTZ Pedregal complex donates to Mexico City an underpass tunnel for the Periférico beltway that will significantly improve traffic flow, creating turning places as well as increasing access options from both first and second levels of the avenue. Also, in order to avoid increased traffic on neighboring streets, a perimeter road will be built to service the different components of the project and to gain access to the shared six-story underground parking lot. Finally some roads will be widened to facilitate the mobility of its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

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