Torre Bicentenario in Mexico City by OMA

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Office for Metropolitan Architecture has designed what will be the tallest tower in Latin America, to be built in the centre of Mexico City.
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The 300m tall Torre Bicentenario (Bicentenary Tower) will be completed in time for the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence in 2010.

Below is OMA's press release:

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OMA designs Torre Bicentenario for Mexico City, tallest tower of Latin America

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(Mexico City, July 24th, 2007): Groupo Danhos has commissioned the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) to design Torre Bicentenario in the centre of Mexico City. The tower will become the tallest of Latin America and will be completed in 2010, the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence.

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The building is to accommodate 160,000 m2 of office space, a convention centre, site museum and gym as well as retail and restaurants. In addition a 170,000 m2 public parking garage is part of the project.

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The 300 meter tall building will be located at the intersection of Reforma and Anillo Perife�?rico, on the northeast corner of Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, home to the Presidential residence.

The tower is envisaged as a symbol of the Bicentenario, 2010, the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

The high-rise is conceived by the stacking of two pyramidal forms. This produces a form that is at once familiar yet unique. At the junction of the two pyramids, a sky lobby acts as the transfer point between shuttles and local elevators. This space will offer extensive views over the park and the city beyond.

Two voids penetrate the building at its widest point providing ventilation and natural light. Whilst traditional high-rises tend to internalize this feature with an atrium, the Torre Bicentenario, projects it onto the facade cutting into the building. A pattern of reflective glass panels covering 50% of the interior surface maximizes light penetration. The void twists at its midpoint, opening at the bottom toward the park and at the top toward the city, connecting the building to its surroundings.

The two districts adjacent to the Torre Bicentenario, Las Lomas and Polanco, are separated by a major highway. To provide a link between them, a new pedestrian bridge is proposed establishing a shortcut reconnecting formerly disengaged sections of the park and the city.

Groupo DANHOS is one of the largest real estate development companies in Mexico. During the last three decades it has developed residential, corporate and shopping center projects. Grupo DANHOS is currently concluding a mixed-use development desinged by Teodoro Gonza�?lez de
Leo�?n which is to be the largest and most visible project in Mexico City.

At OMA, the Bicentenario project is lead by partner Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu who is the director of OMA New York. Their previous collaborations include the design of the Whitney Museum Extension in NYC, the China Central Television Headquarters Building in Beijing, the Shenzen Stock Exchange, the Millstein Hall for Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and a hotel and residential highrise at 111 First Street in Jersey City, NJ.

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  • raikku

    this is lookin similar to the one proposed by “asymptote” few months back…???

  • Mattia Nuzzo

    Ah! It’s coming!

    I’ve never seen a building that so looks like it intentionally wants to be feared. No surprise that OMA would be the ones to design it. The bit about how, “the void twists at its midpoint, opening at the bottom toward the park and at the top toward the city, connecting the building to its surroundings,” is especially ludicrous. Adding a suitably-sized asshole to this monstrosity is hardly going to help it connect with the rest of the city.

  • gaque

    what does a hole do to connect to the surroundings? OMA did the same at the dutch embassy in berlin, making a view toward the TV tower: so pointless.

  • r

    isn’t from the office who wanted to “kill the skyscraper?”
    that’s pathetic

  • FUZZYNOISE

    AFTER ALL THE UNSATISFYING PROJECTS FOR SKYSCRAPERS IN THE LAST MONTHS, DEFINITELY THE BEST. VERY SIMPLE

  • il.balan

    I like this pregnant tower!

  • Alex

    Simple, elegant,and you can tell it is a Rem Koolhaas. it will certainly become a symbol for Mexico city. It takes a while for the design to sink in because it is not a conventional design and I believe in the long run most people will appreciate it.

  • Salvatore

    Mexico City has one of the most horrific traffic caos in the world, specially in that area where they plan to bulid this tower, no way to bring people to the building without even bigger traffic congestion.
    Nice building Rem but not for Polanco.

  • Caesar

    What does the traffic has to do with the tower?. Lots of traffic are natural for a city of 25 million people. Its a big building for a big city. It’s a cool building in a modern zome of skyscrapers. Complainers… blah… blah, what would they know about architecture and class… good for Mexico City the capital of culture in the whole continent…specially architecture

  • david

    Seems like lazy design. It’s basically Josh Prince Ramus’ Museum Plaza with the Seattle Public Library’s skin.

  • amit sisack

    I like big butt and i cant denie!!!! hope we get little healthy buildings of this preagnant one!!!

  • CMW

    rich clients!

  • http://thewhereblog.blogspot.com Brendan

    How on earth does this look like Museum Plaza?

  • Rafael

    The Torre Mayor is already a symbol of the City, it represents the financial and most important capital of Latin America.

    This tower will surely replace the Torre Mayor as the most representative icon of the city.

    Too bad it’s going to be built in a place where traffic is already horrendus. I agree with a comment where someone says that it’s normal to have such a heavy traffic in a city of 25 million people. The problem is that this site is concentrating more and more traffic, plus, we know how most of the buildings work… they dont have enough parking, another problem.

    I am not against the contruction of the tower. I am really happy that it’s going to be built. BUT, i hope that t is well planned, and most of all, I hope they come up with some agreement with the neighbors…

    Ps. This kind of towers have always wanted to be built in Mexico City, there could be many of them this height, but there is a HUGE problem with earthquakes… I hope this technology that will be used to build the tower will be enough to resist all the earthquakes that ocurr in Mexico City, all the time…

    Viva Mexico!
    Sincerely,
    Rafael G
    Oakville, Canada

  • http://Soydemexico felipe

    Estava muy contento con este proyecto pero como ustedes han de saber hay una delegadilla feminista que empezo ha hostigar con que en su delegacion no se hiba ha construir. Ahora ya le petio miedo ha la gente que vive en lomas de chapultepec y ademas se declaro monumento historico una basura que se esta cayendo. a lo mejor se va ha cancelar , lastima,

  • amanda

    It is an outrageously high building for an earthquake zone, and that’s frightening. Not to mention that it is like all the other new monoliths, which are covering the world these days. Could be more inventive.

  • nando Torres

    excelente proyecto, espero que se construya para darle al país una imagen modernista que tanto necesitamos.

  • paco

    Probablemente se ver’a linda, !pero qu’e contrastes los de M’exico! ?no creen?

  • http://msn Xavier

    Yes Mexico City has horrible traffic and regardless where you build anything in that city, traffic will remain the same. With that said, It’s not the best I have seen but it adds to Mexico City’s ever so appealing charm. Fact is, Mexico City is a world-class city and capital of EVERYTHING in Latin America, Mexico and especially Mexico City architecture is to die for. I have seen the mix projects being built in cities such as San Fran and LA (Since I live in both) but by far the buildings in Lomas and Santa Fe are more complex and breathtaking.

  • http://www.ccarquitectos.com.mx Manuel

    Sorry to destroy the party, but the tower is over, the goverment cancel the project, it’s out of the law, out of context, and the koolhas project as shown, is cancelled. But the developers got a permit for 25 stories, so maybe they will hire a local architect and do something more modest. At the end of the day, not everyone adores the glamour of pseudo intellectuall icons (koolhass)

  • MiKaA

    I like this tower so much

  • Jane

    Couldn’t disagree more with this comment..’Seems like lazy design. It’s basically Josh Prince Ramus’ Museum Plaza with the Seattle Public Library’s skin.’
    If he had any idea about the beauty, and simplicity behind this building, then he would realise that its a piece of history in the making. Nothing at all like the Museum Plaza, and take a closer look at the facade…since when are structural cables similar in appearance to Seattles diagrid? If your going to make such ludicrous comments, perhaps you should explain why?

  • http://Mexiboy96@hotmail.com Gilbert

    I love this building. Especially great for the biggest city in the Americas and second biggest in the world….VIVA MEXICO!! Gilbert from SLC,UT

  • fabian

    ESTA ES LA TORRE MAS HORRENDA QUE HE VISTO EN MI VIDA, NO TIENE EL VALOR O EL DISENO SUFICIENTE PARA REPRESENTAR LA RIQUISIMA HISTORIA DE MEXICO DURANTE ESTOS DOS SIGLOS DE INDEPENDENCIA, ES UN DISENO FLOJO, PARECE EL ATAUD DE DRACULA, LA CIUDAD DE MEXICO SE MERECE ALGO QUE SIMBOLIZE SU HISTORIA, ALGO IMPONENTE, HERMOSO, ALGO PARECIDO A LAS CONSTRUCCIONES QUE ACTUALMENTE SE REALIZAN EN ASIA COMO EL CENTRO FINANCIERO DE SHANGAI, RECORDEMOS QUE ESAS ZONAS DEL MUNDO TAMBIEN SUFREN DE TERREMOTOS, PERO SUS DISENADORES SUPIERON MEZCLAR LA SEGURIDAD CONN LA BELLEZA DE LOS EDIFICIOS…. LES RECOMIENDO SUS DISENADORES QUE ENTREN A LA PAGINA scrycrapers.com Y AHI VERAN LO QUE ES UNA VERDADERA OBRA….   PERO LO MAS TRISTE DE ESTA OBRA NO ES EL DISENO, ES EL EXCESO DE  “BURROCRACIA” QUE EXISTE EN NUESTRO PAIS, QUE AUNQUE PROGONGAN UNA PIRAMIDE AZTECA DE 1000 METROS; EL GOBIERNO NO LO VA A PERMITIR, POR SI NO LO SABEN EN MEXICO EL DESARROLLO Y EL EXITO ESTAN PROHIBIDOS.

  • fabian

    BUT AFTER ALL, I HOPE THIS PROJECT GET CONCLUDED. IT WILL CREATE THOUSANDS OF REALLY NEEDED JOBS IN THAT CITY, AND AT LEAST THE CAPITAL OF LATIN AMERICA WILL HAVE THE TALLEST BUILDING IN LATIN AMERICA. IT’S GOING TO BE THE UGGLIEST BUT IT WILL THE THE TALLEST!

  • Francisco

    Vivo en Chicago, solo quiro saber si esta gran obra se va a construir.
    Francisco