Ponce de León Architects is well prepared to cope with the enormous technological changes and challenges, the incorporation of new materials and the development of new formal approaches. This attitude prepares it for the even more drastic changes to come.
Two main assets make this possible: state of the art information technology and highly trained professionals in all areas related to architecture, interior design and urbanism.
The early 90's working spaces showed many drawing boards and only a few computers; today computer screens and software programs have replaced, but not eliminated, old traditions in the design process. Ponce de León Architects profits from all these changes which enable to explore new scenarios that can be made possible by the new technologies.
Clients are today requiring very short construction schedules. New technologies accelerate all procedures, specially design and construction, and give the firm the possibility to finish buildings in shorter periods of time.
The social, technological and environmental changes are increasing every year, and PDLA’s architecture reflects these changes as can be appreciated in the buildings and planned communities shown in the website. It is the firm’s belief that the quality of the surroundings (buildings or urban areas) directly influence the quality of our lives. For that reason, designs make special emphasis in the social dimension that meet people’s needs, whether creating a home, an office space or a public place.
Pursuing quality implies the physical performance of buildings that must last in a daily changing world. That’s the reason of the flexible layouts anticipating needs that might not have been defined when they were conceived, thus allowing buildings to adapt to future generations. Buildings such as Siruseri Technological Park in Chennai, India, were designed compelling with LEED’s Green Building Standards even before these requirements existed.
Sensitivity, Innovation, Sustainability and Adaptability
The concern for natural context, the immediate environment, and the local architecture affect everyone’s well–being. The firm’s projects are Sensitive to the culture, surroundings and climate of their place, integrating social, technological, aesthetic, economical and environmental concerns. All these priorities have been applied to our projects: regional plans, planned communities, city centers, technological parks and many others.
In order to find appropriate solutions, there is a continuous analysis of all new technologies. The firm’s qualified professionals are always looking for Innovative uses of natural ventilation and illumination and bringing natural elements as trees, rocks and water inside the buildings.
The concept of Sustainability in architecture affects every level in the design process: urban planning,
function and location of a building, its flexibility, durability, orientation, structure, form, air-conditioning. Even the materials used to build it, have a direct effect on the energy required to erect and use a building.
Adaptability is one of the most important tools in sustainable architecture. Working patterns and economic changes have become much more flexible over the last decades. Many professionals work from their homes or overseas using their cellular phones and laptop computers, using e-mails and faxes to communicate worldwide. Undoubtedly, working patterns will continue changing. In order to meet these changes and be useful through the years PDLA’s building structures will always try to maintain flexibility.
The shape of PDLA’s buildings are always a revolutionary response to their function, thinking that the most important aspect is that they will be perceived as dimensional sculptures.
The projects encourage the practice to insert the word “green” in all of the design stages.
Architecture and sustainability are inseparable in an integrated design. Architecture presents a unique challenge in the field of sustainability. Sustainable construction is defined as “the creation and responsible management of a healthy built environment based on resource efficient and ecological principles”. Sustainably designed buildings aim to lessen their impact on the environment through energy and resource efficiency.
PDLA is always ruled by the following principles:
Minimizing non-renewable resource consumption.
Enhancing the natural environment.
Eliminating or minimizing the use of toxins.
Ponce de León Architects’ team has produced fully satisfactory results; a promise of continuous activity for upcoming times.
Since March 2004 international companies from all over the world are contacting Ponce de León Architects, giving the firm an important international projection. The continuos concern over the mentioned aspects has rewarded the firm with several LEED Certificates, an International Commercial Property Award in association with Bloomberg Television, in the category International Architecture Award (Office) in the year 2010 for the Celebra Office Building and the International Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television as Best Office Architecture both in India and Asia Pacific, for the Siruseri Technology Park for TATA Consultancy Services (located in Chennai, India).