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Profiles House in México City

Office Building Development in México design by Belzberg Architects

Mar 26, 2019

Design: Belzberg Architects

Location: Mexico City, México

Profiles House in Mexico City

Photos by LGM Studio

Profiles Office Building

Belzberg Architects believe the design potential of mid-block buildings far exceeds that which is often afforded them. In the dense urban context of Mexico City, they noticed the sides of buildings that about one another are left blank with the expectation that they will be blocked or covered by taller, more dense development next door in the near future. Unfortunately, this may not happen for some time or ever, and as such, these blank surfaces are ubiquitous across the city.

Profiles House in Mexico City

To demonstrate the depth of opportunity in these façades, Belzberg Architects turned their new mid-block project, Profiles , into a de facto corner site, pulling one side away from its neighbor to create a continuous, two-sided façade. This move optimizes the user experience while maximizing the street-level profile of the project.

Profiles House in Mexico City

Profiles is an eight-story office building located on a one-way street. Pulling back from its three-story neighbor to the south ensures the oncoming vehicular traffic will always see a significant portion of the building’s façades. This increased overall visibility of the building also gives occupants greater access to daylight and natural ventilation while creating an accessible patio on the second floor. This open-air area addresses a 20% “open space” local building code requirement and together with the rooftop patio, provide users with ample outdoor amenity space.

Profiles House in Mexico City

The two street-facing façades are united by a perforated carbonsteel with electrostatic paint that follows the curvature of the building mass. The overall pattern of the perforation emanates from a 2D projection from the point on the street where the two sides are most visible.

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Using a repeated pattern of increasing openings, vertical striations emerge, mimicking tuffs of a curtain. Some of the perforated material is left attached to the panels; these chads change in size to add further depth to the façade by softening the appearance of the steel, and at times, dematerializing the panels themselves.

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The variable angles of the tabs also create a dynamic effect as lighting conditions change; sometimes creating shadows while at other times, they seem to disappear completely. Overall, the perforation was optimized for ventilation and light, and maintains privacy and visibility for occupants.

Profiles House in Mexico City

Our approach demonstrates new opportunities in mid-block design that engage the street while shaping the user experience.

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Profiles House, México City – Building Information

Design: Belzberg Architects
Project Name Profiles
Client: Grupo Anima
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Completion Date: 2018
Area: 2,210sqm / 24,000sqft
Budget: Confidential

Project Team: Hagy Belzberg (Partner-in-Charge) Joseph Ramiro (Co-Project Manager/Lead Designer), Brock DeSmit (Co-Project Manager), Kris Leese (Project Designer), Elizabeth Lee (Intern), Annie Mak (Intern)
Executive Architect Architect of Record: Grupo Anima – Arq Hugo Balderas, Arq Jacobo Levy, Arq Karla Zamora, Arq Diego Hernandez [Arq. = equivalent to Registered Architect]
Interior Design: Belzberg Architects – Jennifer Wu (Project Manager), J. Joshua Hanley (Lead Interior Designer); with Grupo Anima – Fabiola Jimenez
General Contractor: Grupo Anima – Ing Omar Torres, Carlos Pacheco [Ing. = equivalent to Professional Engineer]
Structural Consultant: Arup
MEP Engineer: Arup
Façade Fabricator: El Roble
Façade Engineering: Arup
Acoustics: Arup

Profiles House in Mexico City

Photography: LGM Studio

Profiles House in México City images / information received 260319 from Belzberg Architects

Location: Mexico City, Mexico, North America

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