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Mercado Libre decided to relocate its São Paulo offices in Brazil to the industrial region of Osasco. The project was set on a three- hectare site which included three abandoned warehouses. The main
idea was to keep and recover existing structures as the needs program was taken as a whole together with the premises. Integrating interior spaces with exterior ones made it possible to create a campus
feel, which became a key feature of the project.
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Osasco, Brazil
Project Size
17,000 m²
2016 - 2017
Paula de Elia / Santiago Malvicino /
Athie Wohnrath
Art: 1+ 1, Timoteo Lacroze
Signage and Visual Communication: BrandCrew, Hernan Berdichevsky
Pedro Mascaro / Athie Wohnrath / 1 + 1 Timothy Lacroze
Project and Construction Supervision
The main section covers an area of 180x50 meters and houses all of the open-plan workspace or open space: work areas, meeting room sectors and cafeteria sectors as well as some common areas. Additionally, mezzanines were added to add further workspaces.
Its space is structured from a central boulevard, which is the main
pathway for common use in which all shared use facilities (such as
meeting rooms and relaxation areas) and individual workspaces are articulated.
Both the lobby and the central boulevard also feature meeting rooms for visitors. Known as “Planter Rooms”, these areas become the ultimate icon of the project with their circular shapes and green covers boasting different kinds of plants. Visible from several spots, they convey the idea of raised interior gardens. The strong presence of green both indoors and outdoors was one of the symbols that reinforced Brazilian identity, which was also found in design, colors and artworks.

Besides the main warehouse, two old warehouses were recovered to house the restaurant with a seating capacity of 500 people, the gym, beauty salons, medical rooms, training rooms as well as the game area.
Art is a key element for Mercado Libre in all of its offices. Timoteo Lacroze, who brought together both Argentinian and Brazilian artists, was tasked with coordinating the artwork of the project. A further aspect which featured prominently in the project was sustainability.

The aim was to optimize the use of natural resources and reduce energy and water consumption. For this reason, 2000 photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof, thus attaining 50% energy savings. Lighting was automated, and a greywater recycling system was installed.

Film: Blue Zorraquin

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