rojkind arquitectos: liverpool department store, mexico city
rojkind arquitectos: liverpool department store, mexico city rojkind arquitectos: liverpool department store, mexico city
sep 22, 2011

rojkind arquitectos: liverpool department store, mexico city

exterior view render: © rojkind arquitectos render by axel fridman

rojkind arquitectos have designed a new shopping center on the outskirts of mexico city, for the liverpool chain. the 30,000m2 department store has a double-layered stainless steel façade, a three-story atrium and the roof terrace will contain a park-like setting. exterior view render: © rojkind arquitectos render by axel fridman

— following text provided by 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 façade for the new 30,000m2 department store as part of a new era in the company’s pursuit for re-branding 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.’

‘with an existing circular footprint, the customization process of fabricating directly from 3D models drove the ideas behind the façade 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 façade 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.’ exterior view render: © rojkind arquitectos render by axel fridman

exterior view render: © rojkind arquitectos

‘at night the hollow cavity between the layers of the façade will be engulfed in light that will subtly escape

through the fine reliefs formed at the folds in the skin. the façade transforms at night from its solid

monochromatic appearance during the day to a dynamic form accented by light.’

‘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 façade but at a more human scale as opposed

to the urban scale of the exterior façade. 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 design tools have radically transformed the way we design and construct buildings today.’ aerial view image: © rojkind arquitectos

location diagrams image: © rojkind arquitectos

facade and views diagram diagram: © rojkind arquitectos

constitutive parts of the project diagram diagram: © rojkind arquitectos

facade diagram diagram: © rojkind arquitectos

longitudinal section drawing: © rojkind arquitectos

exploded detail section drawing: © rojkind arquitectos

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

panel layout diagram diagram: © rojkind arquitectos drawing by zahner

facade anchoring detail drawing: © rojkind arquitectos drawing by zahner

facade anchoring detail drawing: © rojkind arquitectos drawing by zahner

facade mock – up render: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium guardrail detail photo: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium study model model: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium study model model: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium study view render: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium plan, level 1 drawing: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium plan, level 2 drawings: © rojkind arquitectos

atrium plan, rooftop level render: © rojkind arquitectos

— all images courtesy of rojkind arquitectos

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

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 emrsa

interiors FRCH design worldwide

restaurant consultant jhp design

landscape consultant thomas balsley associates

renders axel fridman

  • Do we need more malls in a recession?

    Carl says:
  • Carl, it’s a store not a mall 🙂
    But I get what you are saying.

    Kirsty says:
  • This building annoys me. I thought you meant it was in Liverpool, England, not Mexico City, Mexico!
    That’s the only reason I’m annoyed. Otherwise, it looks quite cool.

    tom says:
  • Awesome project! Keep walking M. Rojkind

    Gus says:
  • We haven´t recession in México, but do we need more fancy skin buildings??

    Negrete says:
  • You sure about that Negrete!???!

    Baffled says:
  • Seems like un studio. mercedes-benz museum in stuttgart…

    htm says:
  • yeah, sure we aren’t in recession, we’re in the worst of the crisis…

    Jorge says:

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