Centro San Ignacio

Centro San Ignacio, Caracas - Venezuela, Carlos Gómez de Llarena, Moisés Benacerraf
Construction year: 1998
Address: Blandín Avenue, La Castellana, Chacao Municipality | CARACAS | Venezuela | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 10.49779, -66.85650

Centro San Ignacio is a Venezuelan shopping mall and office complex which opened in September 1998. It won recognition for Latin American contemporary architecture with the Mies van der Rohe Award that year. The mall is in La Castellana in the Chacao area of Caracas. It was built on athletic fields next to San Ignacio Jesuit College from early 1993 to late 1998, and is managed by the Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios.

The Centro San Ignacio complex was designed by Carlos Gomez De Llarena and Moisés Benacerraf. It was recognized with a Mies van der Rohe Award for contemporary Latin American architecture because of its influence on the city skyline and is among the most valuable real estate in Caracas and Venezuela. Its exterior has an open design to integrate it with its residential surroundings. The interior has a central open square known as Avila, overlooking the Ávila national park, which hosts a variety of events. Surrounding Avila’s kiosks are corridors, terraces and areas for exhibitions and activities. At either end of the center are office towers; between the towers are five commercial levels and four underground parking levels.

Centro San Ignacio opens to the south for the road from the village of Chacao, allowing entry to the building from that area. This entrance is flanked by the two office towers: Copernicus on the west and Kepler on the east. A new road was necessary around the north side of the complex. The interior includes pergolas, bridges, terraces and vegetation—5,000 square metres of green space. Its exterior is red brick, with metal and granite. Tinted glass dominates the structure, especially in the office towers.

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