Mitikah Office Tower / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners revealed today their most recent work in City. The new Mitikah Office Tower is the third project designed in by Richard Meier & Partners which will be a state-of-the-art building in the Delegacion Benito Juarez area. The tower will be part of a mixed use master plan designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and developed by IDEURBAN/IDCity from Mexico. The scheme consists of commercial space, low-rise residential buildings, and a hotel and residential tower. More images and project description after the break.

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Located at the southwest corner of the master plan, the tower offers an extraordinary opportunity to develop an architecture that mediates between the commercial core and the nearby residential community. Mitikah Office Tower will be the visual transition between the Av. Rio Churubusco, an elevated highway, and the pedestrian boulevard of the retail plaza.

east elevation

Design Partner-in-charge Bernhard Karpf comments: “ has always been among the most important cultural and commercial centers in Latin America. The new tower will undoubtly contribute visual significance to the skyline of the city and to the neighborhood. The design is inspired by a modern interpretation of Aztec forms.”

lobby

The architectural massing of the new building combines a slender and elegant 34-story tower that rises above a transparent and translucent building base. The building lobby has been carefully positioned to be visible from all approaches to the site, and it anchors the building to the exposed retail plaza and to the adjacent commercial space. A six-story underground garage provides joint parking not only for the building but for the other components of the master plan. The design of the office tower with its refined formal vocabulary reflects the distinct orientation of the site while addressing requirements of sustainability, maximum efficiency and flexibility.

site plan

The South and East facades of the tower are composed of a continuous high-performance curtain wall modulated by subtle folds and reveals that create a memorable sculptural expression. The North and West elevations are composed by a curtain wall system with modular and orthogonal expressions that reference the proportions of the surrounding context. A sky garden with an integrated conference pavilion on the 19th floor, and a restaurant and sky-bar on the 34th floor provide unique destinations for the mix-use development.

ground floor plan

All facades of the building boast floor-to-ceiling glass walls with unparalleled views of downtown Mexico City, the surrounding mountains and the central valley. The selection of an efficient curtain wall system with clear and fritted Low-E glass maximizes the use of natural daylight throughout the office building while reducing the solar energy intake. The interplay of natural light and shadow animates the interior office space giving its occupants a quality that changes throughout the day. Mitikah Office Tower is expected to be LEED-certified and to be completed in 2014.

 

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Mitikah Office Tower / Richard Meier & Partners Architects" 16 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 31 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=200474>
  • http://www.redbubble.com/people/ornamentandcrime Ornament and Crime

    It’s gorgeous. Look’s like Richard’s letting some of the kids have a bit of fun with diagonals. Good show.

  • Chris

    If this weren’t all white I don’t know that I would recognize it as a Meier project.

  • Igor

    Random question, recently I have seen Meier use an interesting presentation shadow technique on his lined drawings (Site Plan/Elevations), just wondering, if anybody knows how those were created?

    Is that an option a certain CAD software has during export?

    Or, is somebody manually drawing it in ie. Illustrator?

    If anybody can give me a lead on it that would be awesome.

    • H-J

      Not just recently…I believe he does it with ink on paper.

      • Igor

        Yes, I noticed that too. Still wondering if there is a digital technique?

    • jackie yin

      Sketchup can do this job easily!

  • Hocine Ali Benali

    A very nice and beautifull project and work to see. Bravo and good luck

  • Scott

    Watching the new buildings go up in San Francisco, it’s sad to see that people don’t see the long term effects of computer designed structures by people who don’t really understand the vibe of San Francisco. The Chase building stands out as a good example of how to do it right. The new Trans bay Terminal is so cold, as with Millenum, etc. These will encourage a long-term decline.

    San Francisco is nothing more than a big California Beach town. If you want to get a better understanding of SF, visit places like Bolinas, Santa Cruz, Monterey. The culture is actually quite unique. “Laid-back”, comes to mind. If you’re going to force big corporate money down their throats, designers should spend a least summer or two soaking it in. I always believe that all buildings should be designed as physically close the the build site as possible, regardless of where the headquarters are. Also, stop using computers whenever possible. (At least for basic design decisions.) Get back to paper and pencil. I know…sounds crazy. But, it’s much more organic, and it actually shows if you step back and take a look. It’s also counter-intuitive. But, in the long run, you will help your business, and the communities your designing for.

    Just my thoughts. May be way off.