The Plaza Mexico involved 200,000 sq. ft. of new construction and 250,000 sq. ft. of existing in the City of Lynwood located on Long Beach Blvd. and Imperial Highway. The project is located in the African American and Hispanic area, and involved working within a culturally diverse community.
The design challenge was to develop the retail center to reflect the ethnic diversity of the surrounding community. The concept behind the retail center was to create an open-air market place traditionally found in Mexico and Latin America. The mixed-use center consists of office buildings, medical facilities, retail shops, and an open-air market.
Circulation was an important element of the design. The bold forms and colors of the exterior reflect the Hispanic culture as well as provide a backdrop to the social activity-taking place inside and out. The project involved extensive coordination with the City of Lynwood Redevelopment Agency, Department of Building and Safety as well as local council agencies.
DHA have been recognized by various institutions: awarded for its digital Merit Award by the Pasadena & foothill Chapter AIA in 2002, Award of Excellence by Archicad Awards in 2001. Plaza Mexico has also been published in Cambio, a well-known Mexican magazine, and various newspaper articles.
Location: Lynwood, California
Project Date: 2001-2005