Mexico City, Mexico
ClearShade IGU CS-U-TO4
The company, Corporativo Falcon, dedicated to instruments and medical equipment,
required a new headquarters building in Mexico City. The premise, besides the need of
greater area and a space designed to make efficient its processes, was to offer the
building the capacity to cause a radical change of image of the business, in which the
center of sales would become a precinct of work and the ideal space to receive clients
and to be represented like a business of high technology.
A property of 2,353 sq. mt. in a very undisturbed street was acquired, very near the San
Angel district, in which three groups of constructions existed, two on the perimeter and
the biggest floating in the middle of the garden. In this manner the different corporate
areas were divided, concentrating the area of sales in the central building, and carrying
out the main intervention in this one.
Beginning from the quality of the main construction of having a structure of big clear
gaps, the interior distribution was liberated and the project was conceptualized as a
crystal box floating in the garden. Concentrating on the relationship between the interior
space and the outside, the crystal skin was floated before the solid perimeter to create a
filter among this polarity of spaces.
Subsequently, the relation among these was carefully edited seeking the microworlds
that represent the fractions, or fragments, the branches, the stones, or only a cloud
crossing the sky. The translucid material, a series of straws encapsulated between two
crystals, creates a virtual sequence of exterior spaces, and colors the interior with
orange light that contrast with the unit painted in tones in gray and creates veils of color
and reflections that transform or disappear in relation to the position in which is
The perforations are a response to the search of editing the views losing the gravity that
exists in the traditional windows, to observe the outside mysteriously cut and illuminated,
apparently accidental that is capable of challenging the gravity, as looking through the
branches of a tree. In this manner both skins are perforated as in being unfolded, using
this metaphor as a relationship of the ideal link among the business and their clients.
Text from Architonic