Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

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Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

This shopping centre by Mexican firm Rojkind Arquitectos is nearing completion in Huixquilucan, Mexico.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

The building for the Liverpool chain of department stores sits in the middle of a busy motorway intersection.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

The façade is double-layered to protect stores and people from the car-dependant environment of Interlomas on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

Light escapes between the layers of the folded façade at night.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

The client, department store owners and operators Liverpool, are named after the city of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. In the 19th Century, much of the imported merchandise sold in the stores was shipped via the English port.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

Other projects by Rojkind Arquitectos include the restoration of the National Archive museum in Mexico City, a new museum in Mexico City in collaboration with BIG, and A Nestle Chocolate Museum and a Skyscraper in Mexico City.

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Liverpool Department Store

Understanding the new role shopping centers play in today’s society, in which they have become a magnet for social encounters and even cultural exchanges, Rojkind Arquitectos was commissioned to design a façade for the new 30,000m2 department store as part of a new era in the company’s pursuit for re-branding itself. Liverpool department stores, with a 164-year-old history, have for the most part always been one of the main anchor stores for large shopping centers in Mexico. Its strategic location plays an important role in the immediate urban context.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

Located in the northern “car dependent” suburb of Interlomas on the outskirts of Mexico City, this relatively new suburb is characterized by a lack of open public space and a myriad of roads on which pedestrians are not welcomed.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

The new facade responds to a fast pace of the everyday life in this isolated suburb, sitting in the middle of a very congested intersection of highways and overpasses, which give it a futuristic “Blade Runner-like” feel.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

With an existing circular footprint, the customization process of fabricating directly from 3D models drove the ideas behind the façade design intent. Speed became a very important factor in the way the project is experienced. Flexibility, fluidity and dynamism drove the design process.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

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The double-layered façade shelters the store and it’s users from its chaotic environment. It’s sleek stainless steel machine-like exterior, is intended to evolve in a very fluid way as the intense sun bathes it throughout the day. It’s a contradiction to the grit and chaos of its surroundings; a juxtaposition that becomes a new reference for this part of the city.

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At night the hollow cavity between the layers of the façade will be engulfed in light that will subtly escape through the fine reliefs formed at the folds in the skin. The façade transforms at night from its solid monochromatic appearance during the day to a dynamic form accented by light.

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As part of this new endeavor by the client, multiple design firms were selected to participate in the various parts of the project: the interiors were done by FRCH, the rooftop garden by Thomas Balsley and the gourmet space by JHP.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

In the initial workshops sessions, it became clear that the main central interior space needed to reflect the dynamic nature of the exterior so the client retained Rojkind Arquitectos to design this space as well.

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As the visitor enters, they are met by a three-story atrium full of movement and filtered daylight that encourages the visitor to move throughout the department store.

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The curved backlit balconies are intended to be a reminder of the fluidity of the exterior façade but at a more human scale as opposed to the urban scale of the exterior façade. This play between the inside and outside is intended to create a sense of discovery for the user that culminates at the roof garden.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

The roof terrace will contain a park-like setting that can be enjoyed not only by the store visitors but also by the surrounding local community, thus enhancing the social role that the department store will play.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

The complexity of the project combined with a very tight schedule and a difficult urban site condition, required the combination of a highly skilled design team and collaborators in which the interconnectivity and digital design tools have radically transformed the way we design and construct buildings today.

Liverpool Department Store by Rojkind Arquitectos

Project: Liverpool Department Store
Architects:rojkind arquitectos Michel Rojkind [Founding Partner] Gerardo Salinas [Partner]
Program: Retail ConstructionArea_ 30,000m2
Status: In construction
Design Date: July - December 2010
Construction Date: March - October 2011
Location: Huixquilucan, State of Mexico
Client: Liverpool

  • http://dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    Oh. Is *that* what it is? I pass by that construction every day on my way to work, always wondering about it. Just what Interlomas needs! yet another freaking mall :-/

    From what I've seen, it makes me think of the Soumaya museum: a very interesting and complex topology that looks awesome in the rendering, but that in real life doesn't actually live to the expectations —either because in Mexico we don't have enough handiwork expertise to resolve them, or because the architects didn't monitor the construction process closely enough.

    This is something I myself have a lot of experience in, because I too am accustomed to design VERY complex projects down to milimetric precision with the aid of the computer, but if you don't take into consideration the sloppiness and rather common unprofessional behavior of your average Mexican construction worker —which often comes into conflict with an architect's unreasonable pretension to disregard the laws of physics!— then you risk ending up with very purdy renderings, but nothing more.

  • Normal

    Berkel + Fuchsas = Big love and the first son Michel

  • hugo birnstengl

    looks like a copy of UNstudio's mercedes benz museum and the dynamic facade is just a 'dress' which can't be recogniced inside ….

    hugo

    • antonius

      whats wrong about a dress? Thats the whole point man. Who wants to recognize the facade when you are in a shopping centre?

      • Samuel

        I agree to hugo:
        opose the mercedes benz museum, there is a lot of lost (lost in terms of atmospere not money!) space built between the inside an the facade. UnStudio has created a strong relation between the outside an inside, not just wraped something over another thing. I hope that this are not 'the whole point' of future architecture.

        Sam

  • lararoller

    The rooftop garden looks like a perfect oasis!

  • http://idarqui.es Idalgo

    Un auditorio espectacular, México esta avanzando a paso veloz en la arquitectura a tal punto de convertirse en un referente de ciudad arquitectónica

  • http://www.scalemodelnews.com Mr J

    I really do hope they max the use of that roof zone.

    Trees, plantings, fountains, moving water, calm cafe areas – maybe even a creche facility – would do a lot to reduce the hustle of that urban metroplex environment.

  • Kangry

    Se parece al museo guggenheim en NY de FLW.

  • betzy

    me encanto el diseño es muy dinamico nuevo y original es brilante todo, desde los interiores hasta la fachada esta super…. cuando sea grande qiero sobresalir asi como el porque estoy estudiando arquitetura y me encanta es grandioso jejejejee

  • ricardo prada

    it's not a dress, it's make up!

  • alfonso

    awesome. mexico, mexico, mexico!!! It´s an architech that take a lot of risk and he doesn´t have fear to make new arquitectural propositions.