The building is located on Commerce Street, in the Escandon colony of Mexico City. The project is an intervention to a building built in the 1950s that served as storage but is now taken as raw material to provide shelter to the new housing program, developing 18 departments by leveraging and strengthening the existing structure. All development was designed with simple elements and strong and inexpensive materials that are respectful of the nature of the assignment, which resulted in not only the architectural piece, but a successful business.
In the formal part of the project, the main goal was to provide uniformity and standardize the elements of the unique street facade, harmonizing the interior-exterior relationship. One of the advantages of the project’s location is the presence of a beautiful and monumental jacaranda in front of the building. Nature is used to an advantage as a key element of the project and the design of a simple and unassuming facade allows the passage of light through to find beautiful green and purple leaves. At the same time, the organic figures of these trees are projected as shadows on the facade, giving life to the front of the new building, nature being the protagonist of the story.
To maintain consistency in color, to allow penetration of sunlight, generate interior-exterior views, and resolve security concerns, a mesh type Irving was used to provide a new skin, giving a sober, simple, and elegant appearance to the building. It was useful and logical to use this strong material for the facade, and a mesh that would respond to a large number of conditions where one of the main issues was safety.
With the new architecture and the new program proposal, Commerce now has a new reading for its users and for the city. The project is the result of all the intentions in the design process, taking as its starting point the user-nature relationship and experience that this represents within departments.