Brooks + Scarpa Innovation Lab
When Metalsa SA, an automotive parts manufacturer, was invited to build its new research and innovation lab outside the city of Monterrey, they set out to make history in Mexico. With the help of Los Angeles based architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa, Metalsa’s innovation lab is marked to be Mexico’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified building. The manufacturing plant will be placed on 100,000 square feet of land in the Mexican government’s newly established Research and Technology Innovation Park. Along with the efficient design, Brooks + Scarpa were looking to set a new standard for industrial buildings. They wanted to shake the drab, dark factory stereotype and to create a space that was light, sunny and airy. The design revolves around letting natural light into the building, with a perforated metal screen that encasing the building, leaving room to see into certain areas of the building and hide important research labs. The saw-toothed roof design plays off of the Monterrey mountains that stand opposite of the factory. Here, sky lights stream in natural light through the ceiling. The upper levels of the building appear to hover above the ground in the freshly designed 55,000 square foot building. Other eco-conscious efforts include an outdoor garden with a bioswale, to keep run off and silt out of the adjacent wetland reclamation area. Construction began in 2012 and is set to be completed in two phases. Click here for more.