Nativa shopping mall – Monterrey, Mexico (2014)

Project data

Design: 3dtex + Lonas Lorenzo
Engineering ETFE + Detailing: z3rch
Patterning ETFE: form-TL
Assembly: Lonas Lorenzo
Structure: Free form pneumatic structure
Material: ETFE foil natural + white, Aluminium profiles
Covered Area: 1.600 sqm
photos: 3dtex

Cubierta voronoi is the first ETFE roof in the history of Mexico. The project was concibed to be the meeting point of the new shopping mall in the neighborhood of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey.
The structure consist of a tree-like steel masts wich support a “honeycomb” covering steel structure. The panels of the honey were covered by ETFE cushions, this are transparent on the bottom and white on the top. The first project, so its name, was a Voronoy structure, i.e., the surface descripted by the roof was divided into panels by the algorithm developed by Mr. Voronoy.
This gave a very nice and aesthetic structure, but far away to be built with the budget and time propose by the client. Because of this we rethink and redesing the project, to be able to achieve the schedule and budget proposed the client. In this way was designed a free form steel roof wich was divided into a honeycomb structure. The big achievment of this design was to build the freeform roof only with 5 diferent cushions. In this way all the production process was acelerated and cost for the construction and planning were reduced. Also the assembly process was standarized, and the whole 100 cushion were mounted in only 12 days.