The Polanco neighborhood continues to reinvent itself, as a result of its excellent location, ongoing development, and variety of zoning regulations. The master plan and architectural design for the extension to the Moliere Dos22 building was entrusted to Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, which was responsible for the original design of this iconic mixed-use building, which first opened in 1997.
The conditions of the original site did not allow for a tall building, which would overload the capacity of a busy urban area. We worked with local zoning regulations and limitations to create a functional yet architectural interesting building.
The final result was a building in the shape of a triangle, rising to 11 floors at a 45º angle from Moliere street, subtly and naturally adapting to the urban context and zoning regulations. This urban solution helped create a powerful and much-needed public space in front of the project under the shade of palm trees and between fountains, which injects life into this area, directly opposite the church of San Ignacio de Loyola—built by Javier’s father, Juan Sordo Madaleno.
The original name was Moliere Dos22. It was expanded and refurbished with a successful completion in 2015 with the name of Palacio de Hierro Polanco.
Following analysis of a number of schemes, the chosen design considers the building’s adaptation to new requirements and the new context. Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos believed it was fundamental to maintain the original concept and form of the project.
The commercial dynamism of the zone and the need for reinvention made it necessary to improve and update this project for its new urban surroundings. For this reason, it was decided to purchase the adjacent 4,400 sqm plot located on Platón avenue, to give a total surface area of 23,500 sqm covering the entire city block between Moliere, Horacio, Homero and Platón avenues.
In accordance with the master plan, the Moliere Dos22 mixed-use complex undergoes renewal and extension with the following key proposals:
1) The Palacio de Hierro store remains contained in the plinth, which is extended towards Platón avenue, where a second level is added, occupying the original shopping mall. This makes it the largest department store in Mexico.
2) The extension of the office tower is intended to follow the same outline and triangular volume as the original, but granting it greater urban presence and stature. This extension is developed from level 3 of the plinth to reach a total of 11 floors containing spaces occupied by the Bal Corporate offices.
3) The original underground parking lot had 3 levels. With the increased demand due to the extension, a new 8-level parking lot was built under Platón avenue with an area of 35,000 sqm, complementing the original parking lot.