Saint-Gobain Glass at Plaza Carso, Mexico
Saint-Gobain Glass has extended a range of diverse glazing solutions for the Plaza Carso at Mexico. This complex in Mexico City comprises residential, office and hotel buildings, each warranting a different glass solution. The Grupo Carso is the investor in this project, with CICSA being the construction company.
The Plaza Carso is a 105000 sqm tall skyscraper that was conceived in 2008 and completed in 2010. This contemporary architecture has 3 buildings, with two of them having 23 floors each, and one with 20 floors. The three buildings are joined on the lower 3 levels by an atrium & mall of 48,090 sq. meters and a 6-level underground parking garage shared with the other independent towers of the complex. The groups of three buildings are named "Torre Vivienda 2" 31,441 sqm for residential purpose (300 apartments) and 84 meters height, "Telcel" 48,600 sqm for corporate offices and 90 meters height, "Oficinas" 61,640 sq. Meters for offices of Grupo CARSO with 104 meters high, and "Teatro Cervantes" with 7,535 sqm.
Since the building was conceptualized to house residences, offices and a hotel, it demanded different types of glass as well to suit each building type. Therefore, Saint-Gobain suggested three diverse glass solutions that would meet the larger objective of energy-efficiency for the Plaza Carso.
For the residential segment, the proposal was to exude a neutral appearance. Hence the extra clear glass SGG Diamant was the chosen glass for the residences, to provide the much-desired neutrality.
As far as the offices were concerned, the objective was to provide sun control while adding to the aesthetic value. Therefore, KNT 140 -solar control glass was used in Double Glazed Unit. This glass also provided the Blue & Gray aesthetics that was sought by the designer.
Finally, for the hotel building, the multi-purpose clear float glass SGG Planilux was chosen. This glass, with its unmatched clarity, is best suited for all types of glass structural facades and was thus apt for this particular division of the Plaza Carso.
Thus, for a skyscraper that requires different types of glazing solutions, Saint-Gobain's range of customized offerings helped to elevate the Plaza Carso into a spectacular piece of modern architecture.