- U Store, Taller13 and the green facade.
U Store not only sells fashion and urban objects but is an urban object itself at Colonia Condesa, in the Art Déco area of Mexico City; it was designed by the Taller 13 firm headed by Elias Cattan.
The shop’s facade is an abstract configuration of the city’s plan accurately respecting all the solids and voids of its grid. In fact, the green areas of the city correspond to the vertical green vegetation shaped on the facade. The shop interior features noble, natural and non-toxic materials and the multipurpose furniture can be adapted for future use. Lighting is low consumption combined with natural ventilation and certified curtain fabrics.
Here, the Taller 13 firm has designed a shop whose “green” commitment goes well past the façade, extending to the whole outfit and putting a stylish slant on the urban scenario.
Architects: Taller 13 Architects: Elías Cattan/Patricio Guerrero, http://www.taller13.com/
Collaborators: Miguel Mercado, Luis Garcia, Enrique Herrera.
Construction: Taller 13 Arquitectos.
Landscaping: Verde Vertical (Ania Calderón & Fernando Ortiz Monasterio)
Glass and installation: Ing. Felipe Delgadillo
Carpentry: Sergio & Samuel Jiménez
Herrería: Alfredo Mejorada
Location: Amsterdam 218 Colonia Condesa, Mexico d.f.
Surface constructed: 1100 m2
Photos: Rafael Gamo
Links: Other works of Taller 13, http://www.floornature.com/blog/a-residential-building-with-an-organic-shape-and-a-green-soul-7572/, http://www.floornature.com/blog/rio-papaloapan-residential-building-by-taller13-7897/