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Torre Reforma

Location: Mexico City

Client: L. Benjamin Romano

Architect: L. Benjamin Romano

  • A column free triangular shaped mixed use building, designed to give tenants unobstructed views of Chapultepec Park.
  • Utilisation of performance based seismic design to optimise an irregular structural form under high seismic demands.
Rising 245m (800ft) on Mexico City's famous Paseo de la Reforma, Torre Reforma (Reforma Tower) will be the tallest building in Latin America. When completed in late 2015, the US$100m tower also aims to be one of the greenest.

The 57-storey tower is a mixed-use project with approximately 45,000mt. of floor space for offices, a conference centre, a sports facility, and retail space.

Ten below-ground levels will house parking and building services systems. Its triangular shape is designed to give tenants optimum views of nearby Chapultepec Park. The tower's slimness will contribute to energy efficiency goals by maximising the use of natural light to illuminate interior spaces and permitting the building to be naturally ventilated when outdoor conditions are favourable.

A green and safe design

Project sponsors hope that its sustainable design and energy-saving systems will help the tower to achieve international LEED Platinum designation, the first in Latin America.

Designed for Mexico City's high seismic activity, the building will be able to withstand a 2500yr seismic event while achieving a life safety performance level; making it one the most secure buildings in the region.

Arup is providing structural, geotechnical, and complete building services engineering (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), along with consulting services for fire protection and life safety, facades, acoustics, sustainability and LEED certification.

Amid a building boom in Mexico City, Torre Reforma stands out, not only for its great height, but also for its ambitious sustainability goals.

Other features include:

  • Automated controls to open windows before dawn, allowing cool air into the building and releasing, or 'exhaling,'warmer air.
  • Water conservation systems, including rainwater collection, water reuse, and advanced wastewater treatment to eliminate solid waste.
  • Wind power generation to supply some of the building's energy needs.
  • A high efficiency cooling plant that uses ice storage to reduce operating costs and maintain cooling, even after a power failure.
  • Naturally ventilated atria throughout the building to improve internal air quality and give occupants a connection to the outdoors without leaving the building.
Additionally, a below-ground parking area for more than 1,000 vehicles will encourage visitors and residents of the Reforma District to leave their vehicles behind and use other methods of transportation. An advanced robotic system will automatically park cars, significantly reducing the amount of space and ventilation required.