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Cantilevered Office Anchors Green Campus in Mexico

Posted By Andrew Michler On November 4, 2010 @ 12:09 pm In Architecture | 3 Comments

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The new Cinépolis Headquarters above the city of Morelia, Mexico makes a strong statement of Mexico’s strides [2] toward sustainable building. The main office anchors a low-slung campus set on a 24-acre hilltop site. The bold design by KMD Architects [3] is complimented by sustainable features like a green rooftop park, water catchment, natural cooling [4], and energy-efficient systems. Of course, the 41-meter cantilevered office is the real star of the show.

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Cinépolis is the fourth-largest movie chain in the world and wanted a complex that offered a creative, forward thinking approach to their built environment. The main office building sits four stories high, with the 3rd and 4th floors offset and hung over the land, making this one of the largest cantilevered [6] building spans in the world.

Advanced automated lighting [7], AC supplemented by natural cooling, and water systems help reduce resource consumption. The design was sensitively placed on the land to disturb only 10% of the site. The operable windows reduce air conditioning costs in the building, and the building even offers a terraced garden on its rooftop – the perfect place in which to unwind and look out over the pristine desert beyond.

+ KMD Architects [3]

Via World Architecture News [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/04/cantilevered-office-anchors-green-campus-in-mexico/new-2-96/

[2] Mexico’s strides: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/03/latin-americas-tallest-skyscraper-aiming-for-leed-platinum/

[3] KMD Architects: http://www.kmdarchitects.com/

[4] natural cooling: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/04/arup-unveils-the-worlds-most-sustainable-broadcasting-studio/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/04/cantilevered-office-anchors-green-campus-in-mexico/new-1-103/

[6] cantilevered: http://inhabitat.com/2007/11/19/clinton-library-goes-leed-platinum/

[7] automated lighting: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=15096

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