4th INTERNAL SMA COMPETITION AWARDS

4th INTERNAL SMA COMPETITION AWARDS

4th INTERNAL SMA COMPETITION AWARDS

4th INTERNAL SMA COMPETITION AWARDS

The awards ceremony for the 4th SMA internal competition “innovation in design” was held on July 16, 2015. On this occasion, for the twice-yearly competition all members of the firm were invited to present a proposal for a new residential tower, which is currently under development. The jury comprised Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro, Director of Architecture, Rosalba Rojas, Director of Media and Marketing, Alejandro Quiros, Director of Projects, and Fernanda Roldán, architect and winner of the previous competition. Judging of the entries took into consideration the design, innovation, presentation, viability, sustainability, and integration into the context.

Third place saw a draw between Jorge Chávez and the team formed by Andrés Harfuch and Maite Sánchez. The latter’s proposal was based on creating an internal space for natural illumination and ventilation. On the façade the tower was divided into 4 blocks, leaving double height floors and generating habitable green terraces for residents. Jorge’s project proposed a residential tower that functioned as a visual support for the principal tower, taking its profile in parallel and rotating some of the upper floors with the intention of breaking with the overall inclination.

Second place went to Juan Marín, who proposed emphasizing the verticality of the tower by distributing mullions set at a 30º angle, with a form based on the cross-section of the building membrane. These mullions begin from the upper floor of the shopping mall and end at the garden in the top floor of the tower. They incorporate hydroponic plants, and their density decreases as the building rises.

The first prize was awarded to the team formed by Giordana Rojas and Helena Melgar. Their proposal comprised a interlaced texture arising from Mexican weaving traditions, creating a building that weaves together its historical past with its innovative present. The openings in the texture correspond to the orientation of each façade, creating a play of shadows both inside and out. This weave also responds to structural requirements. As the most innovative, creative, and efficient proposal, the design and concept will be maintained and incorporated into the built tower, part of a new SMA mixed-use complex.