This week, Mexico Infrastructure & Sustainability Review interviewed León Aguilar, Architecture Director of ZVA Group, who told us about the development of the company’s prolific Torre Punto Reforma project and the keys for success in an architecture project.
Q: What is the key for an architecture firm to develop successful infrastructure projects?
A: One of the most important points when it comes to developing projects in my firm is making aesthetic and functional projects, but that also have a purpose not just for the client but for the surroundings as well. The architecture we create has a specific use, the variety of projects we develop in-house are such as office, residential, social, hospitality or commercial, regarding the type of project they all can be multifunctional, such as in mixed-use developments. I believe Architecture never stops evolving and because of that we strive to innovate with designs that disrupt the environment and take the next step into holistic projects that will become breaking points for the transformation of their surroundings. These projects become iconic, such as Torre Punta Reforma, a building in a key corner of the most important avenue in the most powerful city in the country.
Q: How do you create successful masterplans for the whole development cycle of an infrastructure project?
A: Having a complete masterplan for projects is vital. I have 15 years of experience in the sector; as the General Director in ZVA GROUP, I am convinced that it is crucial to have a blueprint that includes monitoring and risk-management planning. It is not possible to fully control the final outcome of human intervention so we work on the masterplan with our clients, which is the base of our success as a company and that give high quality results in the final product.
I believe the key for the success of a project starts from its very beginning; that is, deciding where it will be located. By analyzing the location, architects can design better buildings to be aesthetic, functional and operational. This planning takes into account everything from the sun’s position to the direction of the wind, and many other factors that help create a high quality project and design. The analysis of a project’s environment should be the origin of the masterplan’s design, but it is important to understand the exogenous factors such as street traffic that you cannot control but you can and must take into consideration to create a more functional design that meet its needs.
Q: What is the role and contribution of architects in building a more sustainable and resilient infrastructure industry?
I believe that architecture trends are moving away from an environmental focus and toward technology and artificial intelligence. In some parts of the world, buildings with movement are being built so they can chase the sun. This is the concept of living architecture, which will set the pace for the future. ZVA Group is incorporating technology though the use of intelligent networks that allow us to control and monitor the entire operation of a building. It’s important as architects to understand the environmental and social impacts our designs have in the communities, we must protect our future generations by creating environmental and sustainable footprints, I believe it’s the duty of every designer.
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