Mexico City has added yet another eco-friendly building to its skyline. Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto officially inaugurated the BBVA Bancomer skyscraper, the LEED Gold-certified headquarters for Mexico’s largest bank. Designed by local firm Legorreta + Legorreta in collaboration with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the 50-story office block combines traditional elements of Mexican architecture with modern eco-friendly design practices, including minimization of waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
The BBVA Bancomer project is the first completed project by LegoRogers, the name for the collaborative venture between the Mexican firm Legorreta + Legorreta and London-based Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. “The architecture brings together both practice’s different architectural languages yet common values to create a building that is both contextual and distinctive,” says a statement by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Located on the Paseo de la Reforma, the 235-meter-tall skyscraper marks the gateway to Chapultepec Park and overlooks the green landscape through a glass facade. A lattice frame inspired by geometric patterns from Mexico’s architectural heritage protects the glazed facade from direct light and solar heat gain. Outdoor sky gardens placed on every ninth floor brings tenants even closer with nature.
“The form of this building is based on a rethinking of conventional approaches to office space,” said Richard Rogers, Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. “The design creates a new hierarchy of vertical communities or ‘villages’ with open areas where staff and visitors can meet and enjoy spectacular views across the city. It serves as a landmark building that provides a clear link between Chapultepec Park and the Paseo de la Reforma. The highly sustainable design incorporates a façade which draws on the heritage of Mexican architecture; the result is a reinterpretation of the distinctive texture of traditional ‘celosia’ screens.”
The BBVA Bancomer tower offers 78,800-square-meters of prime office space and can accommodate 4,500 staff members. The design earned LEED Gold certification for minimizing its energy footprint. In addition to passive heating and cooling, the building includes rainwater recycling and LED lighting.
Images via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners