Mexico’s skyline is changing as new iron giants continue to rise throughout its major cities. Its cities are growing taller as real estate developers reach for the sky and look to take advantage of the space available. This series will give a glimpse of Mexico’s newest skyscrapers and the unique characteristics of each.
Are You Sure It Can Be That Tall?
That’s what investors said after looking at the masterplan of Chapultepec Uno. Squeezed in a tiny piece of land between Rio Rodano, Paseo de la Reforma and Torre Mayor, how could the third tallest tower (256ft) be built there? T69 Architects discovered that the best way to make this iron giant was by making it truly mixed-use. To avoid parking issues, it allocated 65 percent of its space to offices, 20 percent to apartments and the remainder to hospitality.
Luxury in the Sky
Chapultepec Uno will be home to the brand-new Ritz-Carlton with 170 hotel rooms overlooking an undisturbed view of Chapultepec Park. Thor Urbana, the tower’s investors ensured that the gate to the Reforma corridor would be first to welcome the luxury hotel brand to the country. It will have 153 luxurious suites and a sky lounge on the 56th floor for the best views of the city.
In with the New, But Keeping the Old
Under this majestic building laid an ancient mansion that dates back to 1929. Of course, INBA and INAH would not allow the demotion of such an important building so Fondo Hexa (the owners) got creative. They decidedto “lift” the entire mansion from the ground and move it 18m in order to be able to dig up to 60m for the buildings foundations.
It Doesn’t Have Columns?
Not a single column and it doesn’t need any. The architecture design of Torre Reforma is among the most radical in the city, but it is also the most intriguing. At a glance it looks like a massive Tetris Block as two of its three sides are covered in large concrete blocks, which is what provides support in lieu of the columns. It is designed to withstand Mexico’s seismic activity and the concrete slabs help keep it in place.
Thanks to its concrete structure, it drastically reduces heating costs 25 percent since sun does not hit the glass directly, making it a “cool” construction. It boasts a LEED Platinum certification and sets the standard for future buildings.