Aurora by Belzberg Architects: 2019 Best of Year Winner for On The Boards: Commercial
Inspired by the Mexican capital’s temperate climate, Hagy Belzberg’s design of Aurora, a 26,500-square-foot, eight-story office building, scheduled for fall 2020 completion, plays with the relationship between interior and exterior. “The flatness of the streetscape led us to carve an entryway that draws people in from the narrow sidewalk,” the Interior Design Hall of Fame member explains. He also introduced a curve cut in the facade that appears to defy the weight of the precast concrete panels. This gesture is echoed in a series of openings focused on mountain views. Their variation ensures a unique experience on every floor that activates the senses: At times, the fresh smell of plants waft inwards; other times, it’s the sound of the breeze.