Zeidler Partnership Architects Interview Part 4: Location



Choosing the location for Mexico’s tallest building and designing it within the context of Mexico City’s most famous avenue.

Qasim Virjee
Zeidler Partnership Architects, Carolina Eyzaguirre, Elise Hodson, Qasim Virjee
March 2006
Mexico City, MEXICO
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Transcript

Choosing the location for Mexico’s tallest building and designing it within the context of Mexico City’s most famous avenue. "That was a building that was a major building that had to make its mark. While it integrates with the city, […] this is a big avenue that used to be the processional avenue of the old emperor. It went from the downtown business district to his palace. And that street, which was strictly a processional street, became finally a car street for hundreds of cars. It was a Champs-Elysees, a huge street. But before the palace, they [the cars] can’t go through the palace, it [the street] turns and swung through Capultepec park. At this turn sits our building and so we needed to indicate that turn of the street. So we made the front part this curved section that follows the street while the back part of the building is kind of a stone building in response to the pattern and the texture of the streets. On the street level, to deal with the pedestrians, we built this courtyard with the two parts of the shopping moving out and then the entrance into the tower itself so that it’s a part of the pedestrian flow."


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