The Sum of Its Parts
VALEO ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS PLANT
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Architect Davis Brody Bond, New York
Building Type Auto-parts manufacturing plant
Photo by Jaime Navarro
Valeo, a French auto-parts maker, wanted its plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, to convey that it built sophisticated, highly engineered components and systems. It erected a column-free building using a modular, tensile exoskeleton. This created an uncommonly flexible one-story layout, suited both for reconfiguring manufacturing setups and for placing production, lab, and administrative areas close to each other. It also let Valeo build a structure 10% smaller than what was originally planned.