Project: Glorieta Cibeles Tower
Award: Tall Buildings, Silver, 2022
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Architect: CIMET Arquitectos
Client: Corporativo 001 Villa Madrid
This 1970s tower had been abandoned and deemed unsafe after it was badly damaged in a series of earthquakes. Its extensive renovation has seen the 18-story structure completely remodelled to make it much more resilient to future quakes.
Fixing the tower’s 60 cm tilt towards the east required careful handling. By excavating tunnels underneath, it was possible to tamper the piles and ballast the tower. Once the tower was vertical again, it was reattached to the existing foundation by the addition of 33 new pilings. Above ground, the shape was regularized to avoid frame distortions during earthquakes and the existing structure was reinforced with steel bracing and concrete rejuvenating epoxy injections. Finally, four structural dampers were incorporated at each floor, with the potential to reduce earthquake strength by up to 60%.
The core was also redesigned and relocated, cantilevered to its eastern side in order to create open plan interiors with panoramic views and plenty of natural light. Larger spacious elevators and a sculptural staircase create a more comfortable and accessible interior.
The tower’s glass façade incorporates highly efficient double glazing and allows it to blend in with its surroundings, while the new rooftop outdoor space features a garden with a glass pavilion in the middle. The double-height lobby has reflective ceilings and marble walls and a winding staircase painted gold.
Photo credit: Jaime Navarro and Luis Gallardo
- LEAD ARCHITECTS: Sholem Cimet and Yoram Cimet
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: CTC Ingenieros
- FACADE GLAZING: Vitrocanceles
PUMPS INSTALLATION AND DESIGN: Grundfos