Sofia

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San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey, Mexico 
646,000 square feet / 60,000 square meters
2015

With the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range as its backdrop, Sofia is a picturesque display of sophisticated working and living. Sofia offers luxury residences, flexible and state-of-the-art working environments, and easy access to Monterrey’s premium offerings, such as the adjacent Club Campestre Monterrey, Mexico’s most exclusive golf club. As part of the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects-master planned and ODG-developed Arboleda district in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Sofia emphasizes the urban village’s significance as a fully realized neighborhood.

The façade is a composition of clear and opaque glass panels framed by open, expansive balconies, allowing residents and employees generous views of the city and mountains, either from the terraces or indoors. The undulating shape of the balconies mimic the distinctive waves of the tower’s crown, juxtaposing the geometric shape of the tower’s central structure.

The 41-story tower contains atypically large floor plates of 15,900 square feet two-to-three units/offices—residential on the upper levels, office on the lower—per floor. These layouts provide residents significant space to call their own within the urban context and employees an open working environment for fluid collaboration and teaming. The tower also features two separate lobbies and drop-off locations—one for residential, one for office—on opposite sides for ease of access to the building’s components.

Offices and residences are split by an amenity floor, consisting of recreation rooms, banquet rooms, a spa, and a pool with views of the mountains. Additional amenities include roof garden terraces and an amenity garden on levels four and five and a pool, pavilion, dog run, and fire pit atop the parking structure’s landscaped roof. The garage, with three levels above-grade and seven below, is screened by a sculptural green wall, which includes flowering bougainvillea vines.

Like Arboleda, whose name translates to “Grove,” more than 65 were replanted back into the project site—some over 100 years old—including a nearly 60-foot Bur Oak tree. The landscape was intentionally designed to feature mature, fully grown plants and greenery to invoke the feeling of home through the appearance of an already established neighborhood.