León de los Aldama is the sixth most populated city of Mexico. In its centre, the architects from SHINE Architecture finished a reconstruction of a house of social services. This building is supposed to serve as a base for talented students from low-income families and for people, who would like to improve their business skills. Patrons of the project are Tecnológico de Monterrey – one of the best higher-education institution in Mexico and Bancomer – one of the biggest banks in the country.
Architects wanted to bring a positive change with the face of the building to the area. The facade is made of wooden lattices, arranged in a functional, yet aesthetic way. Several parametric studies were concluded in order to achieve complex responsive morphology. For authors, it was important to include passive energy sources, in order for the building to be sustainable. They implemented mainly passive ventilation and sun shades.