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Richard Meiers’ Prismatic Liberty Plaza Will Bring New LEED Complex to Mexico City
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On May 20, 2011 @ 8:45 am In Architecture,Gallery,Green Building | 7 Comments
Liberty Plaza is a new mixed-use development slated for Mexico City comprised of three prism-inspired towers. Bound by a new commercial area to the north and a nature reserve to the south, the new project designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects is aiming for LEED certification and will be one of the first of its kind in Mexico. Louvers on the souther facade will help control solar heat gain and daylighting along with other water and energy efficiency strategies. The centerpiece of the development will be the new W Santa Fe Hotel, attracting travelers and business people alike to the burgeoning area.
Liberty Plaza is a series of three, fifteen-story buildings on a long narrow site, which is bordered by three avenues and the commercial district. Across the street is the nature reserve with views of the city, mountains and distant volcanos. Landscaping around the development including planting of native trees, ivy covered living walls, bamboo  and permeable paving to help infiltrate water.
The buildings are envisioned as carved and shaped prisms with south facades expressed with external louvers  to maximize energy efficiency. The louvers on the hotel are slightly different than those on the office buildings and have operable windows. Balconies and landscaped terraces and gardens climb the facade connecting guests visually with the nature reserve  across the street. The project is expected to be one of the first LEED certified developments in Mexico City and will achieve sustainability by incorporating energy and water efficient systems to minimize consumption.
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 bamboo: http://inhabitat.com/tag/bamboo
 external louvers: http://inhabitat.com/coffee-plaza-striking-oval-building-features-an-innovative-louvered-facade/
 nature reserve: http://inhabitat.com/brockholes-uks-first-floating-nature-reserve-is-now-open-for-exploration/
 + Richard Meier and Partners: http://www.richardmeier.com/www/#/projects/architecture/visual/1/587/0/
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