brooks + scarpa: metalsa SA
 
brooks + scarpa: metalsa SA brooks + scarpa: metalsa SA
feb 18, 2012

brooks + scarpa: metalsa SA

‘metalsa SA’ by brooks + scarpa, apodaca, mexicoall images courtesy brooks + scarpa

los angeles-based firm brooks + scarpa have designed ‘metalsa SA’, a research lab, office and industrial testing facility for metalsa, an automotive company which is currently under construction in apodaca, mexico. derived from a hybrid of the geometries found within old factories and the surrounding monterrey mountains, a saw-toothed roof line defines the exterior appearance of the 55,000 square foot building. large clerestory windows are integrated into the ceiling’s sloping faces introducing abundant amounts of daylight into the interior, creating a pleasant work atmosphere for employees within a manufacturing environment.

interior

the 5,500 square foot office area overlooks a sunken garden along the northern face of the building. the natural bioswale doubles as a connection to the ongoing wetland reclamation on the PITT campus. a large overhead garage door may be opened to open the main public space to the environment. produced within the current factory, a perforated and etched aluminum cladding plays with solid and void creating areas of light and shadow.

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aerial view

aerial view

cantilevered entrance + lobby

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

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exploded axonometric

facade

unfolded skin

concept transform

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