Profiles Place of business / Belzberg Architects
Textual content description supplied by means of the architects. Profiles, designed by means of Belzberg Architects, examine the design attainable of a mid-block assets in Mexico Town. The eight-story, 24,000 SF workplace construction is situated adjoining to a historical three-story construction on a hectic one-way avenue within the Cuauhtémoc community. Mexico Town’s density is characterised by means of constructions of various heights adjoining to each other all through the town with the majority of mid-block constructions focusing design parts at the street-facing façade.
Alternatively, the vast facet of recent constructions that upward thrust above shorter adjoining constructions is regularly undesigned regardless of their prominence and visibility within the city realm. Spotting this, Profiles reconsiders the facet façade of mid-block constructions as vital and ready to offer advantages that might another way be ignored.
Profiles is about again from its shorter neighbor to the south and are glazed with floor-to-ceiling home windows in the back of the steel façade panels. Those panels now not most effective supply external shading for the home windows but in addition maximize the relationship to the city realm, pedestrians at avenue degree, and oncoming vehicular site visitors.
Each and every facade is clad with custom-perforated metal panels lined with electrostatic paint. The panels are perforated with a box of various diameter holes and overlayed with a secondary trend of bigger holes and corresponding metal discs that attitude clear of the skin at various levels. The secondary trend was once overlayed by means of projecting a two-dimensional trend from a unmarried vantage level at the sidewalk onto the construction’s curving 3-dimensional shape.
The usage of the repeated motif of step by step enlarged openings, the visible impact is of sweeping gradations mimicking the tufts of a material curtain. The metal discs left connected to the panels alternate in dimension so as to add additional intensity by means of softening and dematerializing the illusion of the metal. The angled discs additionally create dynamic visible results as lighting fixtures stipulations alternate —reflections of various lighting and hues, casting shadows, and from time to time seeming to vanish totally. From the inner, the panels functionally supply external shading for the floor-to-ceiling home windows to cut back warmth acquire and glare whilst aesthetically providing summary perspectives of the town past as a pointellated box of colour.
Daylighting, air flow, and get admission to to outside area are prioritized within the design. The setback from the adjoining assets leads to a construction footprint that now not most effective satisfies the open area required by means of the native making plans code but in addition supplies a beneficiant outside terrace on the second one surface and guarantees abundant sunlight and air flow for all internal areas.
The second one-floor terrace is personal and safe but visual from the road and neighboring constructions whilst more than one smaller balconies are supplied at every degree above despite the fact that hid in the back of the ornamental steel panel façade. The construction’s rooftop is designed as a shared amenity area with cabanas, color trellis, and panoramic perspectives of the town.