Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

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Mexico City, Mexico
Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez - Windows, Facade
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The design of this work was a challenge for the zone in which it is located, which is predominantly residential, situated far from offices and embassies and adjacent to a newly restored archaeological site. With a metallic structure covered in white marble, today it is the seat of the University Cultural Center Tlatelolco of UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and houses the Blaisten Collection - the most important collection of Mexican art in the world.

Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez - Facade, Windows
Courtesy of Flickr user David_Fernando

This 27-story tower that stands at 335 feet is found in a rectangle bounded in the north by the Tlatelolco Archaeological Zone and the Plaza de las Tres Culturas; to the south, by the Avenida Ricardo Flores Magón; to the west, by the Central Axis Lázaro Cárdenas and to the east, by the service areas of the Parish of Santiago and the housing unit itself.

Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez - Facade, Windows
Courtesy of Viajeros.com

Originally this building, having more than 121,000 square feet of space, was intended to  house only the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, which was looking for a location that was well-connected to the rest of the city and with a modern interior. They finally decided on Tlatelolco as the perfect spot. 

Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez - Facade, Stairs
Courtesy of Flickr user ChezMig

Since the structure is located in a seismic zone, it is anchored to the ground with 45 steel and concrete pilotes that penetrate to a depth of 114 feet and have 36 seismic shock absorbers. These can withstand an 8.1 magnitude earthquake. However, it has suffered a few minor damages due to the 5 earthquakes it has endured, which were eventually repaired by the National University and restored the building’s functionality and unique aesthetics. 

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Cite: Barbara Porada. "Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez" 21 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/362961/architecture-classics-torre-sre-tlatelolco-pedro-ramirez-vazquez> ISSN 0719-8884

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