EL CRISTO CAMPUS
The Ford Motor Company were looking for a turnkey, new build solution to deliver a campus style facility consisting of a Consolidated Office Structure (COS) with separate Lab & Garage Facility (PDC Lab). The large, multifaceted scheme was required by Ford to help deliver its next generation of modern automobile fleet. Ford's structured program requirements can be broken down as follows:
Consolidated Office Structure: 41,000 m²
Future expansion : 8,000 m²
Product Development Center* (PDC): 20,000 m²
PDC Future expansion : 20,000 m²
Parking: 3,500 stalls
Having received this exciting RFP, our client Artha Capital instructed JON International to work on a timeless commercial scheme which would see a major consolidation of Ford's Mexican offices supporting a new product development and testing facility. In addition to these sensitive client requirements we were further challenged by a remote, undulating site. Addressing this, we looked to work with the topography, beginning at the highest Northern point, principle offices blocks looked towards above ground parking toward the lower Southern side whilst in between the two separate buildings, the testing laboratory was sunk. Employees looking from the higher North side were treated to a panoramic vista across a green, campus style plaza, before taking advantage of some superb views. Planning distribution offered a commercial yet architecturally sensitive solution which respected the spectacular terrain whilst focusing on user experience, production efficiency and improved orientation. Finally, we integrated these principal elements with an employee transit system and facility amenities including outdoor running track and soccer fields.