Gallery: Cantilevered Office Anchors Green Campus in Mexico

 

The new Cinépolis Headquarters above the city of Morelia, Mexico makes a strong statement of Mexico’s strides toward sustainable building. The main office anchors a low-slung campus set on a 24-acre hilltop site. The bold design by KMD Architects is complimented by sustainable features like a green rooftop park, water catchment, natural cooling, and energy-efficient systems. Of course, the 41-meter cantilevered office is the real star of the show.

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  1. Flowing German Office F... November 11, 2010 at 1:01 am

    […] take a piece of paper and roll it into a tube to make it stronger. The design abandons traditional office space partitions and opts for open work, meeting, and social areas that are architecturally connected. […]

  2. Andrew Michler November 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Owen66,

    I fully agree with you about the need to design buildings that do not need copious amounts of material to make them work, but that is a small part of the building’s environmental footprint. A large role in building/design will be needed to radically improve our existing building infrastructure- but human are nomads, and our cities are projected to increase in size dramatically in the next few decades. New building will happen at an ever increasing scale.

    We celebrate the best designs to encourage best practices for all forms of construction. It will be a shame if when our new buildings become old they failed to provide us with essential environmental and quality of life benefits as we have witnessed so much in the past few decades.

  3. owen66 November 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    how much extra (unnecessary) material when into resisting moments that would not have been needed had it just been set on the ground? doesn’t seem too “green” to me. of course, as an architect, i have to acknowledge that any new building is more harmful than restoring or reusing an existing building. lebbeus woods has a good essay on architecture being equated to war-like acts.

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