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This unique Costco location in Mexico fits perfectly into the landscape

When you imagine Costco Wholesale stores, you probably picture large warehouses, with wide parking lots and big red Costco signs hanging on the outside, making them hard to ignore. Usually it’s located among other general stores, and there’s probably a Target, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and a few David Chang-approved restaurants not far away. While convenient, there’s nothing particularly breathtaking or inspiring about a Costco store. Instead, the general commercial and shopping centers in which Costcos operates tend to draw people away from the architecturally interesting, well-designed infrastructure that supports daily life. But not the Santa Fe location in Mexico City. In fact, it’s part of it.

Despite its 50,000 square feet of real estate, the Costco in Mexico City’s Santa Fe neighborhood literally camouflages itself in the city. The store is located in the growing financial district, surrounded by tall buildings and adjacent to a large public park, Parque La Mexicana. But instead of placing and juxtaposing the giant Costco warehouse next to the green space, they hid it underneath. Maribel Barba, the project manager for the architectural firm that designed the store, told Fast Company that the store, in accordance with city permits, was intended to “remain hidden and blend into the natural landscape.” They didn’t know it would become an extension of it.

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Hidden in plain sight

Parque La Mexicana in Santa Fe

Parque La Mexicana in Santa Fe – Santiago Castillo Chomel/Shutterstock

A green roof – home to ten species of native plants that support wildlife – covers the Costco store itself, while a full-size soccer field, two basketball courts and a paddle court cover the parking garage. Walkways connect it to the 70-acre park next door while creating a transitional skate park space that seamlessly combines the two while covering the eyesore that would be the store’s loading area below. You would never notice the Costco unless you were there intentionally to shop or eat in the food court.

According to Barba’s interview with Fast Company, the rooftop space atop the Costco has been a big hit since it opened in 2021. Looking at it now, with locals enjoying the open space and surrounding greenery – which has only continued to flourish, further camouflaging the commercial space – you would never guess it was once a landfill. But in addition to the creative repurposing of land, the store also functions as a sustainable irrigation system, financed by the store’s income.

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While other Costco location designs have taken unique approaches, such as repurposing older buildings and preserving natural features, Mexico City’s Costco is not only perhaps the most beautiful in the world, but also the most sustainable. The icing on the cake – or, in this case, the park on top – is that it can be easily replicated in other urban cities. That means not only can you see more Costco locations downtown, but also more green spaces.

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