CUBE. Office Tower
The basis of this project was the desire to create a building in which all offices are well-ventilated, have natural light and take advantage of Guadalajara’s good climate, rendering air conditioning unnecessary.
We were asked for a single building with restricted floor area but unrestricted height. Thus, we choose to build vertically; three concrete nodes contain all services and vertical circulation, and are the columns that support the whole building. Both the office modules and the parking area are free from obstacles.
The space between the three concrete cores is open to the sky. Alternately three floors of the building are omitted so that light floods into this central space from the side, while the voids become huge windows for the offices that look onto it. Moreover, they allow for cross-ventilation.
An external skin of wood louvres mounted on sliding panels acts as sun shade; this allows for vertical air flow air while it prevents the glass enclosure from becoming too warm.