‘uset-opd tlaxcala’ by JSª, tlaxcala, mexico all images courtesy JSª




based in mexico city, architectural practice JSª has recently completed ‘uset-opd tlaxcala’, a governmental complex located within the state of tlaxcala, mexico within a dedicated city plot. offices are positioned amidst a series of staggered platforms and bridges allowing pedestrians to traverse the tiered topography. the center is immediately encompassed by the existing wooded landscape while the programmatic areas for the two ministries and public education and health department are within close proximity to an urban residential context. the terrain forms a natural gully which serves as a water collector for interior uses.

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala staggered platforms bridge the natural terrain of the landscape




outdoor internal corridors lead to a central plaza, connecting each half of the site while also providing a clearing for recreation and gathering. tiers of vegetated roofs provide workers with predominantly pleasant vantage points which terminate within the distant tree canopies and mountains. comprised of white vertical slats spaced at varied intervals, the facade’s brise-soleil system is strategically placed to introduce sunlight into areas desiring natural illumination while shielding spaces in need of control over lighting conditions.

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala recreational plaza formed between the site’s programmatic areas

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala stairs connect the various elevations

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala stairs and bridges converge within interior plazas

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala green roof overlooking plaza and distant mountains

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala (left) open air interior spaces (right) view of the stacked offices

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala construction of the concrete bridge

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala concrete structure

JSa: uset opd tlaxcala erecting the columns




project info:


date: 2011 in collaboration with: DMG arquitectos – miguel de la torre location: tlaxcala, mexico type of project: offices total surface area: 499,480 sq ft activities performed: architectural project and architectural supervision