An expression of the quality relationship between the United States and Mexico, the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara follows high security and renewable energy standards.
Working closely with Miller Hull, Knot Studio’s team balanced the high Federal Performance Goals for sustainability with the client’s desire for a compound that could facilitate growing volumes of visitors in the 10th largest city in Latin America. The landscape design incorporates native, sustainable planting in a compound that includes a 272,000-square-foot office building, entry pavilions, a recreational area, and two underground parking garages. A clear wayfinding strategy was essential for landscaping as well as interior design.
The design incorporates native plantings in a functional, organized layout that provides shade and shelter while respecting the local culture. The design also centered on saving a large, mature grove of trees adjacent to the campus perimeter. With colorful vegetation and shading for all visitors, the landscape design gestures display sensitivity to adopting local context in every design.