2021 GFD 🏆 Awards

Winner | Sollano 19 | fanarq | motark

Sollano 19 was a challenging project to “rescue” and restore an 18th-century building to convert into office spaces. This architectural project required strict adherence to the standards of Mexico´s​ INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History). The contrast generated by concrete, steel, and glass materialize​ to create the new office spaces; while wood, clay, and limestone are rooted within the formal and constructive origins of the property.

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🏆 Winner
Global Future Design Awards 2021

Sollano 19
Corporate Architecture Built

fanarq | motark

Ernesto Mota Tovar

Design Team
Felipe Argüelles Name | Ernesto Mota Tovar | Alfredo Ladrilleros Villafranco | Miguel Angel Calanchini

Sollano #19, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. México


©Miguel Angel Calanchini y Alejandro Torre

The rescue and re-discovery of the original building was the starting point for the formal definition and development of the project. The identification of the elements from the eighteenth century was a long historical study and photographic process which led to release the “valueless” elements and recognize the originality of the building.

The subjacency of the structures and the way in which they needed to be illuminated according to their confrontation fundamental within the setting of the main spaces. ​During the night, ​the vertical ​wooden ​slats ​help ​achieve a​​ well-lit effect. Each of the light fixtures around the property​ was selected to expose the essence of the materials and forms.

In an urban context, its presence is concealed from the outside without affecting the ​city’s ​skyline. This allows to have an observation deck in the roof across the entire width of the façade. From here, the visitor may realize the building contrasts​, and simultaneously observe the iconic neo-Gothic​ ​Church of San Miguel in the background.  This setting is best observed and enjoyed during sunsets.

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