Sonora 113 and the Next Wave of Office Design

Today, an office needs openness, vitality, and flexibility. It should respond to the needs of the workforce as much as the specificity of its environment. With this in mind, PLANE—SITE created a short film about Sonora 113, an office space designed by architect Iñaki Echeverria—and it’s undoubtedly a building that meets the particularity of 21st century workers’ demands.

Iñaki Echeverria – Sonora 113 from PLANE—SITE on Vimeo.

According to their press release, Sonora 113 is a “radically new building typology” that responds to the changing needs of the contemporary workforce. Its eight offices “encourage movement and collaboration,” especially as each has its own outdoor workspace, offering employees the freedom to choose where and how they work.

In the film, Iñaki Echeverria also explains how he responded to the unusual specifications of the proposed building’s location. Located in the historical and largely residential Colonia Condesa neighborhood, the size and shape of the plot was oddly proportioned – it’s just 8 meters wide and 45 meters deep – so the architect had to work within these unusual parameters. The design also had to take into account the history of the surrounding building. As you can see in the video, the building seamlessly blends the old with the new, the modern glass fronds protecting the antique frontage. The building not only balances the past with the present, it also represents what office design might look like in the future.

English subtitles available on Vimeo.

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