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Space for innovation - Metalsa Research and Technology Building

Brooks+Scarpa

The clients fabricate metal parts for major automotive manufacturers around the world. Their site is a massive industrial park in a sparsely populated area near the industrial hub of Monterrey, Mexico. The brief for the first phase of this ambitious project was to create an 11,000-square-foot research laboratory and warehouse space combined with 5,500 square feet of office space.
The project had two key requirements, both met with a series of clever responses. As the research area was also to be used for testing and developing prototypes, there was a need to maintain a degree of secrecy from the public. However the scheme also had to include offices and be suitable for visitors. So a primary challenge was to create some amount of openness while also protecting vital industrial processes from view. Another challenge was the site and the orientation. This is a warm region where...

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