Eleven building projects in Latin America highlighting excellent urban mobility solutions
We look at eleven infrastructure and building projects in Latin America which not only impress with their architecture and sustainable building concepts but also with seamlessly integrated mobility systems that promise energy efficiency and speed.
Latin America’s building industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds, leading not only with cutting-edge, modern architecture for mixed-use buildings but also with seamlessly incorporated mobility solutions and services. We look at eleven projects in Latin America that raise the bar for large-scale construction serviced by cutting-edge elevators, escalators, and moving walks.
Metro de São Paulo, Brazil
South America’s largest city São Paulo is no stranger to transforming urban commuting with leading mobility solutions. Line 4 of the São Paulo Metro moves an impressive 850,000 people through ten stations every day and relies on 237 elevators, escalators, and accessibility platforms. At the Republic Station, visitors will also find Brazil’s largest escalator which is 14 meters high.
Patio Bullrich, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires’ neoclassical architecture houses many landmarks, including the city’s first department store. Patio Bullrich has occupied one such stunning, traditional building since 1988. Recent modernizations for the building’s mobility solutions were carried out without disrupting the integrity of the architecture. Escalators were able to be modernized, ensuring future visitors can access all floors and shopping areas with no interruption.
Complex RioMar, Recife, Brazil
Due to be completed by the end of 2022, the business towers of the RioMar Complex will provide 88,000 square meters for commercial and store space, including the lobby, foyer, and convention rooms. Technologies are being employed to boost energy efficiency, such as the use of a high-performance thermal glass facade.
The two towers will include 22 evolution elevators over 31 stops. To support the building’s sustainable construction goals, elevators will utilize AGILE, which finds the most efficient and fastest way for passengers to reach their destination in the building.
Metro de Quito, Ecuador
Quito’s first metro is also the city’s largest urban mobility project. When completed, Line 1 will cover 15 stations and serve 400,000 passengers. To prevent bottlenecks and ensure smooth traffic through the stations, 46 elevators and 76 escalators will be in service.
BS Design Center, Fortaleza, Brazil
The BS Design Center, built in Fortaleza’s noble quarter of Aldeota, is the first commercial building in Brazil’s northeast to be issued an A+ from the Energy Certification System for Buildings due to its smart and sustainable construction. It has already acquired a LEED GOLD® International Certification. 25 elevators traveling over 24 stops will rely on AGILE to ensure the most responsive service for passengers.
Pacific Center, Panama City, Panama
Panama City, home to nine of the ten largest buildings in Latin America, is often called Mini Dubai. The mixed-use concept of the Pacific Center brings together office towers, a hotel, and a shopping mall, spread over 200,000 square meters.
The equipment installed to ensure visitors easy access to all levels comprises of 18 escalators and 41 elevators, including panoramic models, which travel at a speed of 4 m/s. AGILE technology will help ensure all elevators operate with the greatest efficiency and ease of service.
Espacio Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
Located in one of the busiest neighborhoods in the Mexican capital, the Espacio Condesa project combines commercial, residential, and corporate spaces under one roof. The striking design with different facades reflects its multiple, but unified uses.
For its many visitors to enjoy easy access into and throughout the building, 14 escalators and 41 elevators offer cutting-edge mobility. AGILE ensures elevators operate as efficiently and seamlessly as possible.
Next-generation technology enhancing elevators by making them quicker, smarter, and more flexible.
Metro de Lima, Peru
An ambitious new urban metro for Lima plans six lines to crisscross the city. Line 1 already transports one million people every day. Line 2, currently under construction, will traverse underground and connect the neighborhoods of Ate and Callao, covering 15 stations. 166 elevators, including panoramic models, and 374 escalators will help ensure Lima residents never miss a connection.
SLS Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
An impressive jewel in the crown of the Puerto Madero neighborhood, this luxurious project includes two residential towers and a hotel. In keeping with the high standards of service and presentation throughout the site, 15 elevators operate over 35 stops.
Florianópolis Airport, Brazil
Florianópolis Airport is just one of the many airports in Brazil which are expanding and upgrading to ensure uninterrupted flow for the more than 100 million people who travel by plane annually in Brazil. To handle this volume with ease, mobility systems have been significantly upgraded at Florianópolis Airport and include 15 state-of-the-art elevators and 8 escalators as well 10 new passenger boarding bridges.
These mobility services stand out thanks to intelligent and digitized systems for operations and maintenance, minimizing downtime so that passengers benefit from seamless interchanges at airports and quick arrivals at the gates.
Mall Plaza Comas, Lima, Peru
This new shopping mall was built in a central location with easy access from all surrounding local roads. The entire site has the capacity to receive 2.5 million people. Once shoppers and visitors arrive, it is important to ensure a smooth flow throughout all shopping levels. Currently, 22 escalators, 8 moving walks, and 16 elevators are helping to move visitors efficiently.
Metro Line 2 in Lima, video by MAIA films – Productora audiovisual – Animación, taken from youtube.com