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Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico

Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico | sustainable architecture |

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled the “Reforma Towers,” a 40-story, mixed use development planned for Mexico City’s historic Paseo de la Reforma. Comprised of two high-rise towers, clad in white concrete, the new development will bring high end office, hotel, retail space, and restaurants to the city’s distinguished Boulevard upon completion in 2015.

“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. 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,” commented Bernhard Karpf, Design Partner-in-charge. 

By carving a central void through the tower’s volume, the design introduces an unconventional, yet more efficient redistribution of space. Not only do the towers distinguish themselves by reflecting their internal logic through the exterior, but the reconfigured space is intended to maximize transparency, natural light and unprecedented city views. 

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, September 23, 2014 9:55 PM

"Every component has been carefully designed taking in consideration the public areas, the city and natural light." 


In reading this article the image that stood out  most was this architecual marvel's strong emphasis on nature. In the creation of this mixed use skyscraper ,architects relied heavily on the use of natural light and space. An importance was placed on creating a structure that paid tribute in a sense to the natural world. This does come at somewhat of a surprise in Mexico City, a place known for some of the worst pollution in the world. Global location,altitude and human co2 emissions create a virtual hot bed for pollution. Despite this ,I do wonder if Mexico might be turning a corner to possibly attempt to improve it's environmental relations? Could this be just the beginning of a country that is not only appreciative of nature but attempting to conserve it?

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Zacatitos 004 Residence: Off the Grid in Mexico

Zacatitos 004 Residence: Off the Grid in Mexico | sustainable architecture |

Designed by Campos Leckie Studio, the Zacatitos 004 Residence is the fourth and smallest home of a series of structures successfully operating off-the-grid. Located in a tiny Mexican town, roughly 45 minutes up a dirt road from San José del Cabo, this project is part of the collective of four innovative seasonal retreats.

The house greets guests into a stucco hallway that leads to a courtyard, where the house’s environmental control strategies come into play. The courtyard is properly shaded from the intense sun rays and the two entrance walls catch and amplify the winds, drawing air across the pool to naturally air-condition the exterior deck and kitchen/dining area.

Different areas of the home are slightly separated, Campos and Leckie used the separations in the architecture to fill the gaps with light and wind. The presence and orientation of walls along with choices of material passively temper the environment..

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, May 22, 2013 3:50 AM

sounds cool :)

Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 22, 2013 8:08 AM
Excelente projetos eu particularmente gosto muito obrigado abs.
Dalila Sälvatore's curator insight, October 21, 2014 10:52 AM
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gracia studio: endemico resguardo silvestre

gracia studio: endemico resguardo silvestre | sustainable architecture |

Scattered along the sloping terrain of valle de guadalupe, mexico, 'endémico resguardo silvestre' is a cluster of twenty hotel rooms, designed by san diego-based practice gracia studio. Positioned within a landscape of vineyards, each ecoloft has panoramic vistas overlooking the scenic valley below. Placed upon steel stilts, the 20 square meter cubes hover above the rocky ground, minimally interfering
with the savannah continuing underneath. Corten steel was selected to surface the small structures, aging with time to blend into the rustic hues of the encompassing nature.

With each unit strategically oriented to unobstructed views directed towards the valley, guests may close their personal entry door and feel isolated in nature. Attached to each cabin, a personal patio and fireplace allow for comfortable lounging outside. The 99 hectare complex is completed with a nearby winery and pool.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 19, 2014 8:38 PM

This is so beautiful,I can not imagine staying somewhere like this. It must be amazing to be able to view the Mexican desert from the comfort of a room.What an amazing concept, I'm sure there will be more resorts with this concept in other regions in the future. Although I'm sure the perfect weather in this area must add to the allure of the environment. The wildlife must also be amazing to see.

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Casa Cardenas, Mexico, Incorporates the natural environment

Casa Cardenas, Mexico, Incorporates the natural environment | sustainable architecture |

Casa Cardenas was designed by Parque Humano and is located in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. The residence consists of two levels: the upper floor accommodates the living area and the kitchen, while the ground level hosts the bedrooms. Here is more from the architects: “For the concept of this project we have taken advantage of the triangular character of the plot, the slope of the land and the views towards the Cerro Gordo´s Natural Reserve. The building has been conceived as a homogeneous mass, hollowing out a huge opening with an inviting forced perspective effect caused by the asymmetric walls that frames the natural panorama. With the objective of building an interior/exterior relation, the volumetric setting of sloping walls and slabs allow the visual journey from the interior space, deeply linking the project to the existing landscape, it is the exterior landscape which organizes our interior spaces“.

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Treehouse architecture in Mexico

Treehouse architecture in Mexico | sustainable architecture |

This stunning treehouse in Mexico as actually one of four townhouses built in a beautiful garden filled plot where going up made the most sense given the small footprint and the lovely views of the surrounding trees.

Designed by Alejandro Sachez Garcia architecture, each townhouse is 3 storeys with 2 sides of glass and 2 sides in timber slatting for privacy. Each home has a rooftop garden and features a strong connection to the balmy outdoors. - See more at:

Lili Dávila's curator insight, August 7, 2013 11:31 PM

Im curious to know what part of Mexico is this house in?

Jason, Charlie's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:08 PM

NORTH AMERICA!!!    Intellectual: This articles takes you on a wondeful journey through the creation of the wonderful treehouses in Mexico.  They are truly amazing.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 19, 2014 8:45 PM

This is an amazing example of modern architecture. The lush greenery that Mexico provides for this home only adds to the natural beauty.I also love the fact that these structures are tree houses. High above the ground they are something that you would not see everyday.

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Casa V by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

Casa V by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos | sustainable architecture |

Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos have designed the Casa V in Mexico City. The location in the lot and design of this house were defined by the importance of natural light in the project. The facades were located according to the movement of light and shadows to help enhance the interior design.

The interior are exterior spaces of the house are integrated by the nature elements. All the construction was done in exposed concrete and wood to assure the low maintenance requirements as well as the adequate aging of the space with the natural patina that will acquire with time.

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Mexico’s first LEED Platinum office building cuts energy use with solar-control glass

Mexico’s first LEED Platinum office building cuts energy use with solar-control glass | sustainable architecture |
Glass, paint, and coatings from PPG Industries were used in the headquarters building of Bioconstrucción y Energìa Alternativa in Monterrey, Mexico, the first building in Latin America to earn LEED-NC Platinum certification.
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