Ponce de León Architects was established by Arch. Carlos Ponce de León in February 2004.

Arch. Carlos Ponce de León graduated from the School of Architecture, University of the Republic, Uruguay in 1985.

Since the start of his career, Arch. Carlos Ponce de León has dealt with a wide range of scales and programs such as Urban Planning, Architectural and Interior Design for different areas such as Recreational, Retail, Office, Health, Housing, Administration, Education, Industry, Laboratories, and Multifamily and Family Residences.

The latter is an area in which Arch. Ponce de León has been involved in since the beginning of his career, both in his former and current practices.

Since 2004, the firm has worked in India, Sri Lanka, UAE and many countries in South America, along with an ongoing flow of projects mainly in Uruguay and Argentina. The association between Ponce de León’s firm and world-renowned fellow Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott allowed the creation of a new practice specialized in large-scale Master Planning, Cultural, Office and Residential projects. The Celebra Office Building was awarded the International Commercial Property Award in association with Bloomberg Television, in the International Architecture Award (Office) category in 2010.

Another one of their projects, Siruseri Technology Park for TATA Consultancy Services (in Chennai, India), has won the International Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television for Best Office Architecture both in India and Asia Pacific, and also the International Architecture Award (Office) in 2011.

Carlos Ponce de León Architects’ practices are among the most committed in the area of sustainable designs. The architectural designs of Ponce de León Architects and Carlos Ott in association with Carlos Ponce de León Architects promote the incorporation of “green” in every design stage.

Architecture and sustainability are inseparable in an integrated design. Architecture presents
a unique challenge in the field of sustainability. While sustainable construction is defined as “the creation and responsible management of a healthy built environment based on resource efficiency and ecological principles”.



Sustainably-designed buildings intend to lessen their impact on our environment through energy and resource efficiency, including the following principles:

- Minimizing non-renewable resource consumption.
- Enhancing the natural environment.
- Eliminating or minimizing toxic emissions.

In this way, Carlos Ponce de León Architects’s achieve an environmentally friendly architecture avoiding the use of artificial energy.

Sustainable buildings involve considering their entire life cycle, taking environmental quality, functional quality and future values into account. Carlos Ponce de León Architects’s identify five objectives in its practices and building designs:

Resource Efficiency.
Energy Efficiency (including greenhouse gas emissions reduction).
Pollution Prevention (including indoor air quality and noise abatement).
Harmonisation with Environment (including environmental assessment).
Integrated and Systemic Approaches (including environ- mental management system).



Who inspires you?
Were there any particular influences early in your career?

“My work displays a rare concern for those timeless aspects of architecture that transcend fashion. I always want to produce architecture responding to the local culture as it relates to regional variations in climate and landscape. Perhaps I try to be in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Louis Kahn, Carlos Ott, Norman Foster, and some other "master" Architects.

Architecture is both an interior and an exterior experience. The best architecture comes from a synthesis of all the element[s] that separately comprise a building: from its relationship to the streetscape or skyline to the structure that holds it up, the different services that allow it to work, the ecology of the building, the materials used, the character of the spaces, the use of light and shade, the symbolism of the form and the way it signals its presence in the city or the countryside. Successful sustainable architecture addresses all these things and many more."

What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work? What do you want to be remembered for?

"My ultimate goal is always my next work to be done. All the works are very important to my practice in the search of authentic architecture.

Architecture is by nature a complex endeavor. Involving countless numbers of people, both in the foreground and behind the scenes.
My colleagues in the practice – both past and present – have all helped to design the building and master plans. Our work always has been driven by a belief that the quality of our surroundings directly influences the quality of our lives.

Whether in the workplace, at home or in the public spaces that make up our cities - the emphasis in our work on the social dimension is an acknowledgment that architecture is generated by people’s needs - both spiritual and material."

How did you approach CASSA BRICKELL?

The Directors of TSG Paragon Development invited my practice to present some sketches for this new development, very close to Brickell Avenue. After the first round of approaches, we had preliminary sketches that satisfied our clients. Immediately we started with the design development.

The building and massing has been designed to respect the heights allowed by the authorities and neighboring buildings and to frame the view of the Miami skyline. The façades are principally made of glass, used in a range of translucencies to create elevations, which vary in appearance and sparkle according to prevailing light conditions and changing viewpoints. All façades, with clear glass balustrades are accessed through full height sliding glazed panels, which allows the apartments to open out onto the surrounding areas. The strong horizontal lines of the balconies reinforce a sense of visual order, allowing perfect views for each unit.

The building form responds to the specific demands of the small site and local regulations. Maximizing space and daylight penetration at all levels. The building`s environmental strategy focuses on a series of sky gardens and sky balconies. The gardens form part of the building shape, and the rooftop is where most of the amenities are located to assure the best views for all owners and visitors.


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