Darcons Headquarters by
Arquitectura en Proceso



Young Mexican architects Arquitectura en Proceso have completed the headquarters of developers Darcons in the suburbs of Delicias City in the Chihuahua state of Mexico.


The building consists of three stacked, orthogonal volumes with glazed opposite sides.


The western facade is shaded by opaque, concrete walls.


Photographs are by Francisco Lubbert and Jorge Cajiga.


Here are some further details from the architects:


The site is located at a suburban lot of a middle size city in northern Mexico. As one drives towards it and away from the city, the building appears aligned with the road as an arched gate of a medieval town: looking through it one gets the scenery of the rural fields that surround the city.


The building was conceived as a frame that captures part of the landscape and at the same time defines a plane that divides the intercity from the suburbs. The skin of the building plays a dual role: on one hand it is the transparent material that allows the view through it, and on the other hand, it is the opaque continuous skin that defines the shape of the frame and protects the interior from solar irradiance.


This skin was manipulated in order to differentiate the public space from the internal activities of the company: the main reception and the custumer rooms are outside the envelope raised above the ground as a Piano Nobile and organized as self defined entities.


The operation space is contained within the envelope and flows throughout the building in a three dimensional open plan that honors the hierarchical organization of the company. In order to solve the continuity of the circulation the mass of the building was divided in various transversal slices, each presenting an intentionally different profile and two of them defining the geometry of the north and south elevations.


The sequential juncture of all the slices creates deviations and convergences between the internal operational route and the external costumer route.


The geometry of the volume is shaped according to a juxtaposition of three rotated orthogonal axis structures.

This was primarily done in an effort to recreate the space complexity produced by a urban grid designed in the style of the 18th century.


The west elevation also benefits from the rotated planes by casting shades onto itself and minimizing direct sun exposure.


The rule was meant to be broken at the main entrance where the opaque skin suddenly sift direction to frame a cantilevered volume that flies above the portico.


This creates a gesture of urban scale to emphasize the hierarchy of the entrance and contain the atrium of the building prior to the stair flight.


Location: Delicias City, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Use: Office Building
Size: 15,134 Sq ft.
Design Period: 2005
Completion Period: 2008


Project Name: Darcons Headquarters
Chief Architect: Jorge Cajiga, Raúl Rodríguez, Roberto Villarreal, Reyes Baeza

Design Office: Arquitectura en Proceso

Client: Darcons Construction Company


Structural Design - Estructuristas y Consultores
Project Managment - Urbanismo y Edificación Mexicana
Structural Engineering: EASA construcciones

Photography: Francisco Lubbert, Jorge Cajiga

Posted on Sunday June 21st 2009 at 12:08 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • cool

  • One

    Wooo. this is agressive! In one way or the other the Mexican clients are more willing to make statements via arhcitecture than any other European clients, any thoughts on this?

  • bueso

    agressive? Funtastic mental qoherence! need more project like this one, to a better world transformation..

  • booh

    I think it is an incredible learning tool and resource as a building. What’s really amazing that this building could serve as a precedent for almost any building type because of it’s diverse use of material and systems. I really is something to think about. I mean, if “less is more” is dead… than… I give this a 100% thumbs up. It surely breaks every rule that i was taught in school. It really begs a lot of those questions about contemporary theory. I think it’s great how its not following the kitsch and cliché direction that contemporary architects define themselves with. Lebskinds rather obvious signature geometry, Zaha’s angular curves… this poses a really unique design solution and I’m actually convinced that the firm isn’t going to just copy and paste this aesthetic everywhere… because really it’s not possible.

  • teapod

    Very cool :)

  • tk

    a little over design for me…

  • Jes

    Cool design~~i like it!!

  • E Condobleeme

    Muchas felicidades ARQUITECTURA EN PROCESO… Tengo mucho tiempo siguiendole la pista a esta pagina web, y como arquitecto mexicano de verdad me enorgullese ver obras mexicanas aqui…

    El proyecto me gusta, muy propositivo, un ADN distinto sin duda!

  • ahmad sh.iust

    very nice project !

  • ajua

    viva Mexico cabr….

  • cynthia medina

    la vdd sin comentarios. spr orgullosa de este despacho mexicano! gracias a personas como uds podremos abrirnos camino en este ke hacr arkitectonico. sabiendo de ante mano la dificil tarea ke es implementar y cargar de nuevas ideas a mexico, y en special a chih.
    i really like this ;) thnz ozcar pr el link! y pr star ahii

  • Muchas Felicidades al equipo de Arquitectura en Proceso, sobre todo al Arq. Jorge Cagiga. Es un gusto poder ver la obra terminada, sera un placer visitarlos pronto. Que orgullo poder culminar con tanto detalle y excelentes resultados una obra tan compleja. Muchos saludos.

  • Quinn

    Evocative stuff. Sometimes architecture resonates and is greater than the sum of it’s parts.

  • mechi

    love it! mezcla recursos formales simples y logra un buen resultado, no sobrecargado

  • larpey

    Instantaneously breathtaking! A very effective example of spatial manipulation with a trite parti- intersecting boxes. The stairs are placed at such wonderful spot that it produces stunningly dramatic experience.

  • Is that design supposed to be good?

    It’s sorta fresh and it takes a while to digest the whole building… but I hate to see this in the future and we all go facepalm.jpg

  • fantastic project!!!

  • mzlxy

    the facade pattern is quite meaningless i think. diamond shape doesn’t match with the form. complex +complex …..maybe i’m not in the mood of appreciate this.

  • Vla

    Beautiful neo-Modernism!

  • youmna

    the architecture i love
    pure facade very Beautiful

  • JJAlvarez

    Me parece muy buen proyecto, muy buena estetica, me preocupa el uso intenso del cristal para esta zona climatica, ojala que la orientacion no sea de poniente franco de frente al gran volumen de cristal.


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