Richard Meier & Partners unveiled a brand new mixed-use tower project for Mexico City. Designed to maximize natural light and celebrate the bustling urban environment, Reforma Towers features two towers with office space, restaurants, retail, a fitness center and a hotel. A void is cut out of the center of the main tower to create a public urban courtyard and fill the space with daylighting and natural ventilation. Additional green spaces throughout the towers along with an energy efficient envelope will make the Reforma Towers a welcome addition to the city.
Reforma Towers is a two tower mixed-used project planned for Mexico City that will be located on Paseo de la Reforma. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners and developed by Diametro Arquitectos, the project consists of a 40-story mixed-use tower and a 27-story Hotel designed along the same principles. The tower will provide space for high end offices, retail space, restaurants, a fitness center and parking.
“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,” Bernhard Karpf, Design Partner-in-charge explains. “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. ”
The void not only provides much needed public open space with commanding views, but works to fill the tower with light and fresh air for the surrounding offices and provides natural cooling to the building. The design and orientation work to maximize and reflect light inside, while high performance Low e-coatings and shading louvers shield the interior from heat gain. Reforma Towers will also feature a series of terraces and greenery throughout the building for added space and improved air quality. The project is expected to reach completion in 2015.
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