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  7. Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico

Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico

Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico
Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico, Reforma Towers. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Reforma Towers. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled the “Reforma Towers,” a 40-story, mixed use development planned for Mexico City’s historic Paseo de la Reforma. Comprised of two high-rise towers, clad in Meier’s signature white concrete, the new development will bring high end office, hotel, and retail space, as well as restaurants and a fitness center to the city’s distinguished Boulevard upon completion in 2015. 

Office Atrium and Central Void. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Office Atrium and Central Void. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

“At the center of development there is a central void, an Urban Courtyard, in the main tower which is a celebration of space, form and light. Natural light will filter through the void between the office modules providing for particularly animated light conditions. We have designed the surface and the volumes of the towers to take advantage of natural light, changes of scale and views to the city,” commented Bernhard Karpf, Design Partner-in-charge. 

By carving a central void through the tower’s volume, the design introduces an unconventional, yet more efficient redistribution of space. Not only do the towers distinguish themselves by reflecting their internal logic through the exterior, but the reconfigured space is intended to maximize transparency, natural light and unprecedented city views. 

Sky Terrace and Lounge. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Sky Terrace and Lounge. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

As Richard Meier describes: “The design of the Reforma Towers is concerned with the making of space, not abstract space, not scaleless space, but space whose order and definition is related to light, to human scale and to the culture of architecture. Every component has been carefully designed taking in consideration the public areas, the city and natural light." 

"Architecture is vital and enduring because it contains us; it describes space, space we move through, exist in and use. We hope that this new mixed-use development contributes to the rich history of the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico and that it will become a new urban center for work and leisure activities.”

Reforma Towers. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Reforma Towers. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Paseo de la Reforma Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • Design Principals

    Richard Meier, Bernhard Karpf
  • Project Manager

    Ringo Offermann
  • Project Architect

    David Ricardo Davila
  • Design Team

    Techan Abe, Kevin Browning, Amy DeDonato, John Jourden, Aung Thu Kyaw, Chris Layda, Christopher Lewis, Ian Lotto, Sharon Oh, Giorgio Villa
  • Associate Architect

    Diametro Arquitectos
  • Structural Engineer

    WSP Group
  • Building Height Office Tower

    180m
  • Building Height Hotel Tower

    110m
  • Area

    120000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners


Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico" 28 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/471738/richard-meier-designs-180-meter-tower-development-in-mexico/>
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5 Comments

THE TRUTH · March 01, 2015

Excellent architect, excellent project, however, Reforma in Mexico is one of the most problematic areas in the City regarding transit, parking, and excessive use of private cars, very little done in regards to connectivity and public transportation.
Again, the project, while wonderful, targets Mexico's 1% elite

Chinche · December 11, 2014

Hi Ricky, that's one of the "perks" of going vertical. It's not only about the amount of units, but how density becomes a challenge. Public transportation, services, parking, amenities. Thus, it's not about tower itself but the impact on the urban landscape. How does this amount of people with cars get out of the area? traffic?. But to the point itself: The parking garage is mandated by the zoning, going underground is too expensive and has a huge impact on the land. My 5 cents.
Thanks

dfaf · October 30, 2014

Who is the developer?

Anthony Giannini · January 31, 2014

Some really nice spaces; however, I'm curious about only providing 10 elevators for a 150-Meter tower. I hope they put in larger restrooms as well.

Ricky M. · January 28, 2014

First 9 floors for parking. What a wonderful contribution to the urban scape!

UR · January 31, 2014 01:31 AM

City mandated.

Heywood Floyd · January 31, 2014 12:44 AM

Take it up with the developer then.

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