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ArchDaily Projects Museum Mexico Iñaki Echeverria 2012 Fachada Liverpool / Iñaki Echeverria

Fachada Liverpool / Iñaki Echeverria


17:00 - 13 August, 2012
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Architects
Iñaki Echeverria

Location
Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico

Category
Museum

Equipo de diseño
Iñaki Echeverria, Iván Parra, Josué Lee, Osvaldo Estrada, Jonathan Hajar, Javier Marroquín, Roberto
Fuerte, Guillermo López, Jorge Durán, Daniela González, Leonel Alcántara, Fredy E. Lamadrid, Rafael
Brioso, Israel Meneses, Fernanda Téllez, Xochitl Zúñiga, Víctor García

Project Year
2012

Photographs
Jaime Navarro , Luis Gordoa , Ivan Parra

Text description provided by the architects. The aim was to design a dynamic and modern façade that
would provide a new image for the largest luxury retailer in Mexico.


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The project’s challenge was to find a simple and e ective construction system that would accelerate
the production, assembly, and installation of the façade and, at the same time, provide a complex and
interesting proposal.


Given Tabasco’s tropical climate and its severe solar incidence and humidity levels, concrete was
selected as the project’s design material; a material both resistant and with extraordinary aging
qualities. With the development of innovative construction technologies, the project would seek a new
image for Liverpool.

The solution emerged from a research and development process, where the concrete’s potential and
ability to form complex geometries was explored. On the other hand, extensive trial and error
processes were applied involving di erent pouring methods and formwork materials, such as,
fiberglass, concrete and sand. The result was a façade that’s built by combining 5 di erent types of
precast pieces shaped like a propeller. Each propeller rotates 180° on its axis; heights vary between 16
to 20 meters, depending on their position.


These simple and controlled variations create numerous results for each piece, which as a whole, give
a sense of movement; this e ect is better appreciated at a distance and when passing trough by car at
high speed. From up close, the concrete looks like a fine wood; the acid layer applied as a final coating,
brings out the concrete’s grain, which in return, gives the material this odd appearance. Additionally,
the light changes that occur during the day, and the artificial lighting at night, provide an interesting
mixture of colors, reflections and shadows, achieving an always changing and never static image for
the façade.


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