Pasaje Ventus is a mixed-use complex that houses a program of offices, restaurants and commerce in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. The volumes that make up the project have been sculpted from the context analysis and the client's needs program, including visuals, accessibility, privacy, enhancement of common spaces and terraces. The result includes 5 highly functional volumes with unique designs that intertwine with the project's pedestrian and vehicular circulations. It was sought to generate a balance between profitable open areas destined for commerce with a total of 1,300 m2 and private areas for luxury office spaces of 1,500 m2 distributed in 2 corporate levels.
The term "Pasaje” (Passage) arises from the spaces generated in the meeting between the basement, ground floor and upper floor levels along the vehicular and pedestrian circuits. From the access to the complex on the main avenue, to the exit at the different points of the project, it promises to generate different experiences in all its convergences. The vehicular circuit comes into contact with the commercial spaces of the first level and underground level. The pedestrian circuit is located in the center of the square and takes a predominant role for the exterior design of the complex. It starts from the facade of the main avenue, where a staircase welcomes the buildings, later there is a fountain in the center of a public square, whose triangular design generates around it a common space sheltered between the polygonality of the volumes, thus producing shadows and allowing the creation of a microclimate in the middle of the hot desert.
The architectural design of the project was conceptualized by analyzing the interaction of the multiple natural variables that converge on the property. Aspects such as solar incidence, prevailing winds and context were considered for the creation of design axes through innovative information analysis techniques, developing an architectural algorithm that allows the building volumes to be sculpted, as is the case of the western volume, which presents a different orientation to the one applied to the rest of the complex, also working for the creation of terraces and common spaces. The upper volume considers the axes for the formation of breaks and a polygonal overhang that provides lightness to the element. As a result, a unique and irreplicable geometry is obtained which responds to the site specifically.
The dynamic façade of the building consists of a series of layers inspired by the strong winds and dust storms that occur in the city. The metal skin of the façade is composed of an aluminum blind that breathes and allows the wind to circulate between the structural shell and the interior glass box. The stripes show three shades of gray referring, in a monochromatic way, to the desert sunsets. The structure in turn provides shade to the interior of the building, offering greater comfort to users with respect to the hot dry climate that occurs in the city.
Design Team: Jorge Urias Garza, Hugo Santana, Cesar Valles, Christian Cota, Luz Maravilla, Salvador Ruiz