It's all a facade

2014 Design Indaba Conference speaker, Michel Rojkind's firm receives a Progressive Architecture citation for his design of the Liverpool Department Store.

From the Series

Rojkind Arquitectos recently became only the second Mexican firm to receive recognition at the 61st annual Progressive Architecture Awards. Their project for the expansion of a department store in the busy Mexico City saw the firm developing a "deep wall system" or habitable facade that could house the new programmatic requirements. 

The firm designed a beehive-like, porous facade made of different sized hexagons in fiberglass, steel, aluminum and glass, that would expand the envelope of the building to create the space required. The design breaks away from the traditional retail “big box” model that is primarily inward facing and gave it a permeable and animated envelope creating an inside-outside connection with the urban context. 

We are always exploring new ways in which the architecture can serve the clients and the user, said Michel Rojkind.

This year the jurors recognised ten projects that focused on innovation geared towards “practical realisation”. Here a combination of digital design and local fabrication ensures the realisation of the project. 

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