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Architectonic multi-use for A.M. Celaya, Mexico


Guadalajara-based architectural practice, Agraz Architects, have designed the A.M. Celaya project. The contemporary commercial plaza can be found in Av. México-Japón Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico.

According to the architects: “The newspaper A.M. its a traditional daily paper in Guanajuato, part of the group Reforma. It produces content in the city of Leon where it’s printed and distributed around the state.


“To achieve a projection with that social importance and saving the financial viability, the owners gave a privileged and well located land. It’s a long and wide place, facing one of the main avenues of the city, taking advantage in three different ways: the newspaper offices, different small business and another small place for selling or rental offices.

“Like this, it’s built an architectonic multi-use that yields the principal triple height cube volume as the image of the newspaper. Here is where you can find the main floor the meetingsand attention center, and on the second level is where the general directors office, editors and work chambers can be found. In the other side of the building, is where the entrance to the rental offices. And just downside is the small business place with access from the street.

“Volumetrically the bet was to build a triple height edification of almost 100 meters of length. All along are vertical lines used as ventilation systems with windows.


“Using these lines is to have a dynamic façade. Making a game of empty and solid spaces, variations in the morphology, giving a distinction to every part thou they all are one single body.

“This project contemplates a central plaza and the possibility of future expansions in case so of needed.”

Images courtesy of Mito Covarrubias


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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September 16, 2013 | Property | View comments

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