A cultural gateway between the U.S. and Mexico Border, located in San Diego, California. This commercial retail project is recognized as the largest and most significant development along the shared border due to its size and scope and its innovative, binational partnership and cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican governments.
The project was designed to handle extremely large volumes of shoppers and tourists with an eclectic Spanish theme, using true Mexican artisans on the finer details such as the large concrete planters, wrought iron work, decorative inlaid tile tables and carved chairs and benches. Thus began a collaboration that gives Las Americas a special ambiance of rustic old world and new age technology.
To reinforce and enhance the architectural themes, rustic California pepper trees and sycamores were included for the casual courtyards and more stately date palms and canopy trees in the formal areas. The parking lots also include groves of large desert date palms to emphasize the grand scale of the project. Colorful vines and ground covers are used throughout the mall contained in authentic Mexican made concrete planters. At the entry, a beautiful globe and column adorns the Plaza Catalonia section of the mall. The design and oversaw the construction of the Globe Monument signifies World Solidarity after September 11, 2001. The sculpture invokes a sense of unity and solidarity between the two countries. Truly, Las Americas is a collaboration of ideas, art and spirit.