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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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