2019 Best of Design Award for Unbuilt – Commercial: Aurora

Designer: Belzberg Architects
Location: Mexico City

Inspired by the relatively temperate climate of Mexico City, this new eight-story commercial office building plays with the relationship between inside and outside, seeking to create a dynamic space in between. A monolithic facade has been carefully sculpted to create a semipermeable surface. The flatness and solidity of the existing streetscape led the designers to carve an entryway that draws people in off the narrow sidewalk. A curved cut appears to defy the weight of the precast concrete panels of the facade. This gesture is echoed in a series of cuts focused toward a view of the mountains beyond; their variation ensures a unique experience on every floor.

Structural and MEP Engineer: Arup Latin America
General Contractor: Grupo Anima

Honorable Mention

Project Name: Surf Entertainment Facility
Designer: BLUR Workshop

exterior of building with overhanging roof

Unbuilt — Commercial: Honorable Mention: Surf Entertainment Facility (James Leng; Courtesy BLUR Workshop)

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Designer: Form4 Architecture

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