Archipielago is a coworking space located at the Torre Latinoamericana, a 1950’s office tower in downtown Mexico city. The project occupies two entire floors of the building with 360 degrees views of the city centre. The project departing point was to recover the prominence of the structure of the building by removing layers of ceilings, walls and partitions and by introducing a series of reflective and transparent walls to multiply the views and to bring them closer to the core of the floor plan. In that way a very close relation with the commanding views is established everywhere and becomes the main feature of the space; a sort of democratisation of the privilege of the “executive” view. The programme is interpreted as a series of spaces that can be used with flexibility as tools for better work experiences and more inspiring settings. The 28th floor accommodates a public oriented programme with a forum that can be used for events, presentations and debates, or that can double as a more intuitive space for working or gathering in a relaxed way in the middle of the space, it is completed with a café, shared tables and individual working stations. The 29th floor is used as an open plan working area based on a large collaborative table system called Todó (also designed by the studio) and completed by a reading room and a small workshop, both floors are organised by long glazed timber structures that contain 8 different meeting rooms.
The project provides the coworker with possibilities of differentiated occupation and multiple interpretation of the use of the spaces, pushing the notion of the office as landscape: as an archipelago.
Photographs by Onnis Luque