Rough Shell, Gleaming Core: Factory Building in Morelia
Architect: Emilio Alvarez Abouchard Arquitectura
Location: Morelia, Michoacán (MX)
Most of the northwest side has been covered with a steel-skeleton façade clad with glass bricks; these fill the offices, meeting rooms and bathrooms with bright, diffuse light. The vertical window bands are fitted with matte glass and thus provide ventilation more than they offer a view outside.
The factory hall has exposed-concrete walls that are up to a metre thick in order to protect the surroundings from the radioactive waves from the x-ray apparatus. Moreover, a yellow fence in the hall should keep workers from coming too close to the machine. Towards the ceiling, the protective effect diminishes somewhat: slender lattice girders of steel support a trapezoidal roof of sheet metal interspersed with strips of skylights. At the edge of the roof, a band of steel slats goes around the entire structure: this will supply the factory hall with fresh air.