Casa Francia II

Location: Havre No. 15, Col. Juárez, Mexico, D.F.
Architect: Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta
Collaborators: Luis Enrique Mendoza, Christian Santillano, Esteban Sepúlveda, Samael Barrios, Hugo Sánchez, Iván Parra, Ma. De Lourdes Moreno, Ramón Álvarez, LAB 07 Carlos Marín (renders)
Year: 2010

Casa Francia II. The project is in an irregular-shaped lot on which the first French Embassy in Mexico was built. The program was divided in two towers, one with eight office floors containing all the cultural activities of the embassy and another with twenty-two office floors and apartments, sharing a base on a public plaza. The lower tower is a glass volume clad in a stainless steel mesh that has a thermal effect and
gives privacy to the offices. The higher tower rises on top of the old Embassy building, encasing it while highlighting it as an access into the cultural area. In the office space of this tower, a vertical “street” allows people to circulate through the building without using the elevators. The façade shows the corporate color of each company. The apartments are located above the office space.