A new building in Guadalajara, Mexico, designed by architecture firm Sordo Madaleno turns the traditional high-rise on its head with a fractured, disjointed facade.
The mixed-use project will house offices and a hotel in the heart of the city and was designed to interrupt the square regularity of other buildings in the area, expressing a sense of movement.
The towers consist of four stacked blocks, two of which are offset to create an ‘impossible’ optical illusion. The building’s facade was also designed to respond to its environment; as it’s situated beside one of the city’s main arteries, Americas Avenue, the offset facade is a ‘second skin’, enveloping the structure for protection.
Americas 1500’s neat, linear surround, made entirely of recessed aluminium framing in the style of a curtain wall, was specifically designed to create dramatically angled shadows, and also avoid excessive solar gain. As such, the building is the first in the area to be LEED-certified.
As well as the hotel and offices, the building will feature a ground-floor plaza providing access and transit to all areas of the towers via three elevators. Limestone, plants and paving will be used to contrast with the dense metal facade.
You can see more of this project here.