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Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mexico.

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Office tower in Guadalajara


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Tradition and technological innovation customise the design strategy of the façade of this office tower that, with an auspicious sense of its high-rise volumetry, gives the city an image of modernity.

The tower is situated across from Avenida Patria, near the confluence with Avenida de las Américas, on an irregular plot featuring a topographic difference in regard to calle Hipódromo de Zapopán.

The project adapts the tower’s ground plan solution to the geometry of the plot, formally responding to the location’s urban requirements where it fronts the avenue and the nearby constructions to achieve a slender and complex volume in both its ground plan and its height, differentiating the top crowning that sketches its profile against the sky. The circulation and services nucleus is in a centred situation in the back part of the site, articulating the two office tower units.

The tower emerges from the subsoil on a concrete basin that adapts to the plot’s irregular geometry, with the car parking floors built with ramp forgings that descend in a helicoid shape to allow for perimeter parking. The enclosure of the building modulated by the metallic structure features a double façade: an internal glass one that can be opened for cleaning and ventilation and an external one in the shape of a deep lattice of squares made from GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete) that modularly
adapts to the bays of the structure while defining the building’s external image.

This lightweight concrete lattice reflects the cultural heritage of its location with a sustainable, functional design that allows climate control to be regulated and the external views to be closed off while allowing a view from the inside, “seeing without being seen”.

Tradition and technological innovation come together in the design of a façade of excellent quality, perfectly executed, giving the city an image of modernity.

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Localización Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mexico. Arquitectos Architects: OAB - Office of Architecture in Barcelona | Carlos Ferrater, Xavier Martí Galí. Asociados Associates: Estudio Hidalgo | Álvaro Beruben. Colaboradores Collaborators: Montse Trilla. Interiorismo Interior design: FF arquitectura | Fabiola Fregoso. Paisajismo Landscaping: ZAP arquitectura+paisaje y FF arquitectura | Pablo Zamudio y Fabiola Fregoso. Promotor Developer: Álvaro Beruben Jaime, Ignacio Vázquez Ceceña. Constructora General Contractor: Construvida. Superficie construida Built area: 6.500m2. Fecha de finalización de la obra Completion date of the works: 2018. Fotografía Photography: César Béjar.
Carlos Ferrater Lambarri
Martí-Galí, Xavier
OAB. Office of Architecture in Barcelona
César Béjar