Torre Bicentenario with Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Speculative office building with ballroom, convention facilities, gym, retail, restaurants, parking. Total area 1,800,000 sq. ft.

The tower was intended to mark the 200th anniversary of the Mexican War of Independence and at 300m be the tallest in Latin America. The site of the Torre Bicentenario lies at the northeast corner of Chapultepec Park, adjacent to the interchange of two major highways. Located at the edge the park, major infrastructure and the city, the project has the potential to benefit all three. A chain of high-rises runs along the Reforma and continues around the park. The Torre Bicentenario will extend this line of buildings around the park.

The form of the building is responsive to function and use. Skyscrapers tend to internalize their features. Atriums typically create dramatic spaces within, hidden from the city around them. Here, a void cuts through the building's widest point, providing access to light and natural ventilation and creating a relationship between the floors within.

Public programs are located at the junction of the two pyramids, at 100m. A pattern of reflective glass panels covering 50 percent 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. Rather than exacerbating the skyscraper's isolation, it connects the building to its surroundings. The building bulges toward Chapultepec park and the historic city center.

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