BBVA Bancomer Tower
Studio: Legorreta + Rogers Stirk Harbour
Project: BBVA Bancomer Tower
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Credit: Lourdes Legorreta, Maria Dolores Roblez Martinez Gomez
Located on a prominent site in Mexico City, on Paseo de la Reforma, the tower marks a gateway to Chapultepec Park with skygardens overlooking the city and the park.
The brief asked for a landmark building which would become a symbol for the BBVA Bancomer Bank in Mexico. Thus, the client aimed to improve communication and increase collaboration between functions and promote a sense of community across the organization.
Mexico City is prone to severe earthquakes so an innovative engineering approach was needed to reduce the risk of tremors. Its design focuses the impact of an earthquake by absorbing the shock to protect the structure.
To combat solar gain from Mexico’s strong sunlight, a lattice façade system, (which evokes traditional screens or ‘celosias’) shades the exterior of the building allowing daylight in, and views out.
The building is based on the reinterpretation of traditional oﬃce space organization, oﬀering a variety of new ﬂexible working environments for all users. Skygardens every nine ﬂoors create outdoor space within the tower and provide meeting areas where people can enjoy spectacular views. Each one is planted with species that are native and adapted to the Mexico Valley, oﬀering diversity of ﬂora and fauna.
The 50 storey tower provides approximately 78,800m² of prime oﬃce space for BBVA Bancomer and can accommodate approximately 4,500 employees.