La Capital

Monterrey, Mexico
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Photo © Idea Cubica
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Architects
rdlp arquitectos
Location
Monterrey, Mexico
Year
2013
Stories
20-100 Stories
Team
Arq. Manuel Arroyo, Arq. Ana Cecilia Franco, Arq. Rocío de Arroyo

La Capital is a mixed-use residential and commercial development that was conceived as a transitional space for recreation and leisure for pedestrians. The compound extends between the Macroplaza and Fundidora Park, at the edge of the Santa Lucia River in Monterrey.

The project emphasizes the importance of the pedestrians and community that use Paseo San Lucía. To achieve this, it integrates a residential complex that benefits the surrounding area with its large number of visitors that help to create a safer environment. It also provides pedestrian-only spaces for a variety of civil activities.

The clients requested a mixed-use compound, with apartments and commercial spaces, that would serve as a meeting spot for walkers. That is why the idea to integrate a plaza with local vendors came up into the same esplanade that invites the complex’s residents to go out for a walk or exercise.

Instead of building one high-rise building, we decided to create two in order to protect the complex from exposure to the sun that would have cast shadows on the commercial area, exterior plaza, and private amenities. The amenities are located on the roofs to minimize the building’s footprint and maximize the exterior common spaces in order to take advantage of the grounds and the walking path. The two towers separate the development’s different areas, creating the feeling of being in two distinct environments within the same property.

La Capital has a harmonious connection with Paseo Santa Lucía, the Macroplaza, and Fundidora Park, because they share the same language and outdoor activities, which generates a dialogue between these four components and public spaces.

The strategic plan made the exterior plaza an active civic center for Paseo Santa Lucia and a junction that creates a transition between the Macroplaza and Fundidora Park.

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