ZVA | CBRE Mexico City – 2016 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract conducted interviews with all firms of all Market Award winning projects from the 2016 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we always like to share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Describe this project in one word.


How does this project demonstrate design impact?

You can see design all over this place, it is full of life in its finishes, color scheme, materials, furniture, different areas and the overall look and feel of the office makes you want to stay. The layout and function of the project is based on the Workplace 360 strategy and has basically no assigned places which is transforming and responding to the way we work today. There is one particular artwork master piece by James McNabb that represents Mexico City´s highline in a round wooden handmade amazing piece.

Each project is a process. Explain your journey with this space.

Our main focus for this project was to create the most collaborative, inclusive and transparent space possible. By putting special input on these concepts, we accomplished great results. We know the efficiency in terms of the use of space as grown impressively by 52%; we also know the users are very satisfied and happy to be working in this open, dynamic and versatile environment.

Tell us about any challenges or lessons learned from working on this project.

One of the biggest challenges we had to face was the fact that the users were used to workingin a very traditional and thus different space where openness and versatility weren´t an option and where the daily functioning was completely distinct. So we had to listen closely to what the client wanted and try to implement this new philosophy of working in the most subtle way so even though the change would be big, the final response was positive and people would be able to adapt as soon and as natural as possible, which was the case. The challenge regarding finishes and furniture, had to do with the fact that because of the project´s needs we had to create so many different environments or scenarios and we wanted to give each room its own autonomy but at the same time, maintain unity in the general design. So we used different brands and forms to create these distinctive areas but we always kept in mind what the general look and basis of the project were; the result is a very harmonic space.

On trends: Is there anything in particular with this project that is reflective of current culture/society?

Of course, this is a project that reflects the way we work today which is much more relaxed, open, human and free. It gives you the ability to choose the scenario in which you want to be in today depending on the activities or tasks you have to develop and/or the type of personality you have, etc. so it is more human in the sense that it understands the users and the people that live this space on a daily basis. The environment that is created inside this space is a reflection of what our society is asking for and reflects the current work culture in Mexico City. This project has a LEED Commercial Interiors certificate so it also responds to the need to respect and preserve our planet.

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