SPACE, which now specialises in green design but hitherto has perhaps been better known for its interiors projects for clients including Michelin than its buildings, was selected in an international competition by developer Diimx, which wanted “the best building in Latin America”. The speculative scheme comprises 33 floors with floor plates of 2000m2 totalling 66,000m2, with retail and restaurants on its ground floor. But it is the building’s projected environmental performance which the scheme’s backers hope will set it apart. The dual façade is a double glazed glass façade with a distinctive, irregularly shaped stainless steel mesh that places less stress on the air conditioning and should reduce energy consumption by some 37%. And whilst the steel has been brought in from Germany, the project’s sustainable credentials – which include grey water recycling, 30% recycled materials and green roofs – have already gained a ‘gold’ standard at pre-certification in the LEED process.
Construction of the Efezia Tower is on course to begin later this year and complete in 2012.