U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de México

U-125 Office Building, Lomas de Chapultepec Property, Ciudad de México Architecture Images

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de México

Contemporary Mixed-Use Building in Mexico: Recycled House – design by ARCHETONIC

5 Apr 2018

U-125 Office Building

Architects: ARCHETONIC – Jacobo Micha + Jaime Micha

Location: Lomas de Chapultepec, Ciudad de México

U-125 Office Building, México

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photo © Rafael Gamo

As architects, ARCHETONIC are inspired to make the most of the pre-existing infrastructure of Mexico city. This led them to design U125, which recycles a house located in Lomas de Chapultepec and was originally built in the ’50s.

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photos © Yoshihiro Koitani

They saw the potential of this building and had the vision to convert it into their firm’s headquarters. They preserved the house, giving it added value and a cutting-edge look.

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photos © Rafael Gamo

The house that originally contained 300 sq. m in 3 levels was intervened, transformed and extended. Today it hosts an office program with 604 sq. m in 4 levels plus a terrace.

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photo © Rafael Gamo

To consider the heritage value of the house was the guideline for their design process. They respected the proportions, openings, access and volume preserving its original essence, achieving harmony between the pre-existing space and their intervention.

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photo © Rafael Gamo

Three metal-plate roofs refer to the proportions of the house below, and a metal mesh, tensioned between these roofs, give the building its discrete, clean and elegant look, while at night time, the lighting reveals its more complex characteristic—its history.

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photos © Yoshihiro Koitani

Inside, at every level, a selection of different pieces of art is concerned with the fact that ARCHTONIC want their workspace to exhibit the talent of several artists, especifically Mexican.

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photos © Rafael Gamo

In the first level and upper levels they created terraces for the coexistence and recreation of their team. These areas are used daily to eat, live and work in open spaces overlooking the city.

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photo © Rafael Gamo

U-125 Office Building, Ciudad de México – Building Information

City: Lomas de Chapultepec, CDMX
Country: Mexico
Client: ARCHETONIC
Completion year: 2016
Architects: Jacobo Micha Mizrahi + Jaime Micha Balas
Design Team: Ernesto Rossell Zanotelli, Jessica Steiner Durán, Désirée Gómez Córdova
Main Contractor: ARCHETONIC

Consultants: Montes de Oca Ingenieros Consultores
Suppliers: Interbrax, Kone, Vitro canceles, Vitra-Ofita.

U-125 Office Building in Ciudad de Mexico
photo © Rafael Gamo

Photography: Rafael Gamo and Yoshihiro Koitani.

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