rojkind arquitectos: liverpool department store   update
mar 02, 2012
rojkind arquitectos: liverpool department store update

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

rojkind arquitectos have sent us new photos of the liverpool shopping center
they have designed on the outskirts of mexico city. the 30,000m2 department store
has a double-layered stainless steel facade, a three-story atrium and the roof terrace
which will contain a park-like setting.

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

following text from rojkind arquitectos

understanding the new role shopping centers play in today’s society, in which they have become
a magnet for social encounters and even cultural exchanges, rojkind arquitectos was commissioned
to design a facade for the new 30,000m2 department store as part of a new era in the company’s
pursuit for rebranding itself.

liverpool department stores, with a 164-year- old history, have for the most part always been one
of the main anchor stores for large shopping centers in mexico. its strategic location plays an
important role in the immediate urban context.

located in the northern ‘car dependent’ suburb of interlomas on the outskirts of mexico city,
this relatively new suburb is characterized by a lack of open public space and a myriad of roads
on which pedestrians are not welcomed. the new facade responds to a fast pace of the everyday
life in this isolated suburb, sitting in the middle of a very congested intersection of highways and
overpasses, which give it a futuristic ‘blade runner-like’ feel.

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

with an existing circular footprint, the customization process of fabricating directly from 3D models
drove the ideas behind the facade design intent. speed became a very important factor in the way
the project is experienced. flexibility, fluidity and dynamism drove the design process.

the double-layered facade shelters the store and it’s users from its chaotic environment.
it’s sleek stainless steel machine-like exterior, is intended to evolve in a very fluid way as
the intense sun bathes it throughout the day. it’s a contradiction to the grit and chaos of its
surroundings; a juxtaposition that becomes a new reference for this part of the city.

at night the hollow cavity between the layers of the facade will be engulfed in light that will
subtly escape through the fine reliefs formed at the folds in the skin. the facade transforms
at night from its solid monochromatic appearance during the day to a dynamic form
accented by light.

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

as part of this new endeavor by the client, multiple design firms were selected to participate
in the various parts of the project: the interiors were done by FRCH, the rooftop garden by
thomas balsley and the gourmet space by JHP. in the initial workshops sessions, it became
clear that the main central interior space needed to reflect the dynamic nature of the exterior
so the client retained rojkind arquitectos to design this space as well. as the visitor enters,
they are met by a three-story atrium full of movement and filtered daylight that encourages
the visitor to move throughout the department store. the curved backlit balconies are
intended to be a reminder of the fluidity of the exterior facade but at a more human scale
as opposed to the urban scale of the exterior facade.

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

this play between the inside and outside is intended to create a sense of discovery for the
user that culminates at the roof garden.the roof terrace will contain a park-like setting that
can be enjoyed not only by the store visitors but also by the surrounding local community,
thus enhancing the social role that the department store will play. the complexity of the
project combined with a very tight schedule and a difficult urban site condition, required
the combination of a highly skilled design team and collaborators in which the interconnectivity
and digital de- sign tools have radically transformed the way we design and construct buildings today.

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

image © rojkind arquitectos, photo by paúl rivera

location diagrams
image © rojkind arquitectos

facade and views diagram
image © rojkind arquitectos

constitutive parts of the project diagram
image © rojkind arquitectos

facade diagram
image © rojkind arquitectos

longitudinal section
image © rojkind arquitectos

exploded detail section
image © rojkind arquitectos

building section and technical drawings
render: © rojkind arquitectos
drawings by zahner

panel layout diagram
image © rojkind arquitectos
drawing by zahner

facade anchoring detail
image © rojkind arquitectos
drawing by zahner

facade anchoring detail
image © rojkind arquitectos

drawing by zahner

facade mock – up
render: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium guardrail detail
photo: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium plan, level 1
image © rojkind arquitectos

atrium plan, level 2
image © rojkind arquitectos

atrium plan, rooftop level
image © rojkind arquitectos

all images courtesy of rojkind arquitectos

your can see more renders and drawings in our first post about this project.

project info:

program: retail
construction area: 30,000m2
status: under construction
designed: july – december 2010
construction: march – october 2011
location: huixquilucan, state of mexico
client: liverpool

client team
director of planning:
martin perez miranda
construction director: roberto pazos
corporate project manager: iliana davila
project manager: eumir salgado
project coordinator: javier robles
project manager in charge: luis gonzález
corners manager: maria elena meneses
corners coordinator: laura elena flores
construction coordinator: magali posadas
construction coordinator: juan manuel moreno
manager of material finishes: sofia otto

architect: rojkind arquitectos – michel rojkind halpert [founding partner],
gerardo salinas van orman [partner]

project team:
joe r. tarr, djurdja milutinovic, rodrigo medina, phillip schlauch, birgit hammer, jose carlos lombana, abhirabika agrawal,
rosalba rojas chávez, dolores robles – martínez gómez, andrea león cruz
media: monique rojkind

facade engineer:
studio NYL, chris o’hara, julian lineham

facade coordination / fabrication:
zahner metals, tom zahner, paul martin, will cox, shannon cole, jim mendenhall, diego zurutuza

design computational consultant:
kokkugia, robert smith, roland snooks, casey rehm

structural engineer:
interiors: FRCH design worldwide

restaurant consultant:
jhp design

landscape consultant:
thomas balsley associates
renders: axel fridman

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