The project emerged from the remodeling of the old building La Colmena, located in the corner of Agusto Tamayo street and Juan de Arona avenue in San Isidro, Lima, Peru.
The original building was designed with a pre-built concrete elements that gave the image of a beehive to the entire complex. During the almost 30 years, the building was enlarged in several opportunities raising the number of levels in 2 volumes that are part of the complex.
In the year 2005, the insurance company PACIFICO acquires the property to convert it in its corporate building.
A private bidding started considering the most prestigious architecture offices, in which the winner was the proposal developed by Architect Jose Orrego.
The project values the existing building integrating the two volumes with a 3-levels height base and highlights the verticality of the building with a glass treatment, composed aluminum planks and aluminum frames in a linear form that intensifies the complex height.
This treatment allowed creating a monumental and contemporary image of the building.
Another contribution of the building consisted in a solution of water fountains in the level of the street that created an urban treatment that defended the project of the pedestrian transit in a friendly way with water fountains.
With the proposed treatment, the building turned itself in the highest in the San Isidro district when the height was increased when the air conditioning equipment had to be hidden in the last level of the complex.
The entire first level treatment allows creating a water park that integrates with the urban scene and with the Juan de Arona Park that’s located in the street across the building.The new volumes helped to create the building base and to remark the two entrances to the complex.
This building is one of the firsts into recycling an existing building to create a distinctive image of a company, helped by the facade treatment with proper contemporary materials of this century.
This building is also equipped with a lighting system that re-enforces its monumental condition highlighting its verticality and volumetric and giving it a dominant image over the near urban surroundings.Location: San Isidro, Lima, Peru
Architect: Metropolis ( arch. Jose Orrego Herrera)
Design Team: Alicia Zapata
Structures: Raúl Ríos
Construction: Edificios S.A.
Illumination: Architect Claudia Paz
Photographs: Elsa Ramírez