LOCAL COMMUNITY: MEXICO CITY’S NEXT “IT” COLONIA
While it’s difficult to ignore the headlines being overtaken by a recurring polemic against Mexico, the country’s capital continues to ride a wave of change. Supported by, among other things, the momentum and international interest in Mexico City’s gastronomic scene and a millennial sensibility, historic colonias, Roma and La Condesa, have seen sustained revitalization in the past decade. More recently, and directly north, the adjacent Cuauhtémoc neighborhood has been transforming–first by an influx of new, modern condos, and now by commercial buildings that encourage a walkable, live/work lifestyle within the community. This change has been driven by Grupo Anima, among other developers, as part of a 20-year vision to regenerate this historic area.
来自Grupo Anima的负责人Alberto Djaddah和Jacobo Levy以完整性的眼光审视每个项目，旨在以日趋繁荣的社区发展来消除人们对于墨西哥城的错误认知。为了吸引更多有智识的居住者和来访者，Grupo Anima致力于打造更多独具特色的建筑，同时为墨西哥的各类公司开发更多商业项目。
Rather than view each project as an island, Alberto Djaddah and Jacobo Levy of Grupo Anima consider them collectively with the goal of developing thriving communities that help change misconceptions of Mexico City. To attract a mix of progressive tenants, residents, and visitors, the business partners sought to use distinctive architecture, and have benchmarked their commercial projects for Mexican businesses. Their response to market trends including down-sizing and a demand for “creative” office space has helped the migration off of Reforma, who until recently, held the most coveted commercial addresses in town. All of this while capitalizing on the existing infrastructure in the neighborhood has made their communities a success.
为了实现这一愿景，Djaddah和Levy于2013年在洛杉矶与Belzberg Architects进行了会面，随后建立了合作关系。2016年，6层高的商业建筑Rio Tiber 29在Reforma北部落地，自此之后，双方的合作日趋紧密。目前正在进行的项目包括两栋低层的商业建筑和两栋处于前期设计阶段的建筑；另外还有一处灵活的商住两用空间已经在墨西哥城的西部建成。多数项目位于Cuauhtémoc区域，并且各自拥有独特的主题和建筑语言。合作将以一种适宜的尺度构建出复杂且多元的城市社区。
To help realize the “work” element of Djaddah and Levy’s vision of the city, they began collaborating with Belzberg Architects, who Djaddah met in Los Angeles in 2013. Starting with Rio Tiber 29, a new six-story commercial building just north of Reforma and completed in 2016, the partnership has flourished; projects currently on the boards include: two low-rise commercial projects under construction, two more are in the early design stages, and a flexible live/work space was also completed in the western part of Mexico City. With most of the projects in Cuauhtémoc, and each with its own distinct thesis and architectural language, the collaboration is realizing a sophisticated and heterogeneous neighborhood at a familiar scale.
▼拐角处的地理位置特征为这座六层楼的建筑赋予了独特的立面，the prominent corner siting of this six-story building are used as a prompt to explore the function and form of its two street-facing elevations
THREADS: COMPLEX DIGITAL DESIGN + FABRICATION
Threads大楼是Belzberg Architects在墨西哥城建造的最初的几个商业办公建筑之一，并将成为高档烈酒和葡萄酒集团Pernod Ricard在拉美地区的总部。建筑师充分利用了拐角处的地理位置特征，为这座六层楼的建筑赋予了独特的临街立面，并由此引发人们对于内部功能的探索欲望。在维持最大有效面积的同时，富有流动性的立面更平衡了建筑方正的几何体量。
Threads is the first of a series of low-rise commercial office buildings in Mexico City by Belzberg Architects and will soon be the Latin American headquarters of the French premium spirits and wine company, Pernod Ricard. We used the prominent corner siting of this six-story building as a prompt to explore the function and form of its two street-facing elevations. While maintaining the maximum useable floor area, we created a fluid, habitable façade that counteracts the project’s otherwise rectilinear geometry.
▼立体而弯曲的铝制板条看上去像是贯穿了建筑的墙壁，the three-dimensionally curving aluminum fins appear to cross the building envelop
▼动态的板条结构在外立面形成了1米深的阳台， these dynamic forms shape one-meter deep balconies on the facade
▼立面细部，detail of the facade
Comprising glazing and continuous vertical fins that cross the fixed pane, the façade’s asymmetry and dynamic movement create variable spatial and visual experiences both inside and outside the building. Using digital design tools, digital fabrication techniques, and collaborating closely with our inter-disciplinary team, we created 272 unique, three-dimensionally curving aluminum fins that attach to the glazing and concrete slabs. Their triangular geometry allows, among other things, for the welded form to achieve the desired curvature without additional jigs or mold. These elements, each spanning one story, required precision during installation to achieve alignment and visual continuity. Their arrangement, which varies from floor to floor, create unique spatial opportunities on each level. In a single vertical move, these expressive forms shape one-meter deep balconies and carve out alcoves on the interior as they appear to cross the building envelop.
▼板条在室内形成小型的隔断空间，the fins carve out alcoves on the interior
▼室内空间拥有充足的采光和不受阻碍的视野，the interior with adequate natural light and unobstructed views outward
We used various strategies to optimize the impact of the façade both for occupants and from the street. For instance, the elevator, stairs, and restrooms have all been pushed to one edge of the building in order to maximize unobstructed views outward. Gray, laminated glazing with a low-E coating was also employed to reduce heat gain, but it also affects the visibility of the interior over the course of the day, further elevating the dynamism of the building’s presence to users and on the street. This link between the internal and external experience of the building from the street fosters a positive reciprocal relationship between the building and the community to which it belongs.
▼四层平面图，plan level 4
▼六层平面图，plan level 6
Project Name: Threads
Client: Alberto Djaddah, Grupo Anima
Location: Mexico City
Completion Date: 2016
Area: 43,852sqft (4,074sqm)
Project Team: Belzberg Architects
Hagy Belzberg (Principal-in-Charge),
Brock DeSmit (Project Manager),
Kris Leese (Lead Designer), Cory Taylor (Architect), Ashley Coon (Designer), Elizabeth Lee (Intern), Annie Mak (Intern)
Structural Engineer: Arup
MEP Engineer: Arup
Acoustical Consultant: Arup
Façade Consultant: Arup
General Contractor: Grupo Anima
Façade Fabricator: LNI Custom Manufacturing, Inc.
Photographer: Roland Halbe
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