A four-storey building in Mexico makes extensive use of glass blocks

Avenida Central Building was designed by Emilio Alvarez Abouchard to reinforce the street: visible structural beams, a glazed façade and a terrace on the rooftop in an avant-garde reminiscence.

The building by Emilio Alvarez Abouchard Arquitectura is located in Avenida Central, a street of Morelia, Mexico, where large sidewalks and trees merge with avant-garde urbanism. The building creates a connection with la calle and with people walking around the plot, letting them connect with the architecture.

Avenida Central Building has a total area of 400 m2 organized on four levels: on the groundfloor, a glazed space is destined to an outdoor terrace facing the sidewalk, the first and the second floors host the Dermatology Center and a large terrace on the upper floor offers a view on the surrounding street and landscape. The spaces are linked by oudoor stairs, running on the south façade of the building, while “la tour de verre” – an elevator tower characterised by the extensive use of glass blocks – occupies a portion of the front elevation. A parking area hidden behind the edificio can be accessed through a passage under the structure that lifts the building from the ground.  

The glazed façade and the white surfaces transmit a general sense of lightness that perfectly fits with the green urban setting that surrounds the building. The structure of beams and columns is left visible; the floor is composed of concrete tiles. The U-glass is used for the windows that run as a ribbon on the front: these openings are separated by structural beams, in a reminiscence of the avant-garde movement. The large glazed surfaces allow the interiors to express openness and light. The thin balaustrade on the top adds lightness to the whole building.

Edificio Avenida Central
Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
Emilio Alvarez Abouchard Arquitectura
Design team:
Rodrigo Delgado, Estela Casillas, Kim Lima
400 sqm

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