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Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

by , 04/23/14

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The metal structure of the 2,000 square meter plaza echoes the verticality of the surrounding logs. Reused wooden railway ties serve as blinds that help control daylighting and indoor temperature. The buildings are interwoven with the natural environment to create a series of courtyards that establish a delicate interior-exterior dynamic.

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Existing trees located in the center of the complex act as an organizational pivot point. The buildings overlook this area and provide connections to it that allow for circulation. The complex is an urban oasis that offers more than 20 exclusive shops.

The project received recognition for excellence in sustainability at the Salón Internacional de la Edificación (SAIE) 2014.

+ CANOVERA Arqutectura

Via Plataforma Arquitectura

Photos by Rafael Gamo

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