TSM Asociados’ MAPFRE Complex in Lima, Peru, for Spanish transnational insurance company Mapfre, is composed of a two story commercial office and medical center, a chapel, a six storey columbarium building, a wake area and two basements.
“The main design principle was to arrange all functions around a square inside the property, thus creating an inviting and comfortable environment.” say the architects.
The chapel is located to the left side of the entrance and seats 100 people. “It was intended as a neutral temple. The cladding, both internal and external, is a peruvian flagstone from Arequipa. The altar has a back of wooden veneer with a top skylight for natural lighting; however, LED strings on the window frames create an effect of permanent daylight at night.”
“The heavy chapel volume tops off with the Columbarium building, in contrast to it, the building seems light weight due to its facade of ellipsoid sun louvers to keep a more private atmosphere inside without compromising the entrance of natural light.”
To the right of the entrance is the two storey Medical Center building. “It has a continuous glass façade that combines different glass types going from light and transparent to dark and almost opaque; this façade enters the complex ending in the office building.”
Architects: TSM Asociados SRL, Alvaro Grimaldo Tremolada, Arch., Roberto Borda Sboto, Arch.
Collaboration: Cristina Pardo, Arch., Alessandra Peña, Arch., Jimena Serra, Arch.
Location: Independencia, Lima 28, Perú