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Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos : Las Américas 1500

In the business center of the effervescent megalopolis of Guadalajara (Mexico), has set up a surprising office tower, Las Américas 1500. The Mexican studio Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, delivers here a totemic building thanks to the offset of four impressive parallelepipedic volumes, accentuated by the zebra lines of their facades.

Located on a wide concrete esplanade, the skyscraper of 30 000 square meters of floor area and 110 meters high consists of four impressive parallelepipeds superimposed, connected by a central post-beam structure. The first, of ten floors, hosts a hotel of 270 rooms, while the other three, respectively of 4, 5 and 8 levels, each house the premises of a company. In order to distinguish the various activities hosted by the building, the south facades of the second and last blocks have been displaced by 5 meters towards the west. This intervention punctuates this iconic construction, visible from the fast track also called Las Américas.

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The set of volumes was allowed by the use of a free-plan structure consisting of nine prestressed concrete columns. In the center, two sails of the same material form a structural heart that contrasts the whole and camouflages the eight lifts.

To mark these differences, while standardizing the envelope, the architects have imagined a regular graphic pattern made of sunshades angled in front of the glass walls. These 90 aluminum protectors, which are centimeters wide, also provide the necessary shade, in a country where solar radiation can quickly cause an increase in the interior temperature of the structures and the discomfort of the users.

First stone in a series of buildings designed by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos on the same avenue, Las Americas 1500 is an amazing tower marking the skyline of the city and seems to defy gravity.

To learn more, visit the site of Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Photographs: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos by Rafael Gamo

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