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January 29, 2014

Richard Meier unveils mixed-use Reforma Towers development in Mexico

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled a new mixed-use development in Mexico.

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Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled a new mixed-use development in Mexico.

Reforma Towers is planned to be built along Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City and will feature two towers with offices, a hotel, retail space, restaurants and a fitness centre.

The two independent structures will be linked through a shared base.

The taller of the towers is a 40-storey building, which will house offices, retail outlets and dining and recreational facilities.

"The design of the Reforma Towers is concerned with the making of space…whose order and definition is related to light, to human scale and to the culture of architecture."

The smaller tower is a 27-storey structure that will house a hotel and include design principles that will complement the first facility.

Richard Meier said the overall design of the project considers the current constraints of the city, while taking into account the possibility of future development and change of its surroundings.

US-based Richard Meier will collaborate with associate architect Diametro Arquitectos and structural engineer WSP Group on the project, which is anticipated to be completed in 2015.

Richard Meier & Partners design partner-in-charge Bernhard Karpf said that the centre of development is a void; an Urban Courtyard in the main tower.

"Natural light will filter through the void between the office modules providing for particularly animated light conditions," Karpf said.

"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."

Richard Meier said that every component has been designed with consideration of public areas, the city and natural light.

"The design of the Reforma Towers is concerned with the making of space, not abstract space, not scaleless space, but space whose order and definition is related to light, to human scale and to the culture of architecture," Meier added.

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