HOK Mexico Wins Competition to Design 40-Story Tower in Monterrey

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Iconic building will be the tallest in the city and the fourth tallest in the country.

HOK Mexico's design of a 40-story mixed-use tower in Monterrey, Mexico, was selected the winning entry in a design competition featuring several of the world's top architects. When completed in 2009, the tower will be the tallest building in the city and the fourth tallest in the country.

The multipurpose project includes 116 apartments on 30 floors with 11 floors reserved for speculative office and retail space. Stretching 590 feet from the ground, the 750,000-square-foot building will also accommodate 1,200 parking spaces. The tower will be located in a growing mixed-use community in Monterrey that is one of the wealthiest areas of the country.

The design was conceived as an abstract sculpture and is intended to serve as an icon for the city. The building's unique shape and high-tech glass façade will provide a striking, sculptural addition to the skyline during the day and a glowing white beacon at night.

Sustainability also plays a key role in the design. Green design elements include:

  •     Rainwater collection, storage and re-use for irrigation and toilet flushing
  •     Low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals
  •     Maximum daylighting
  •     High-tech, low-E glass curtain wall to prevent solar heat gain
  •     Monitored, high-efficiency underfloor air system that conditions only occupied spaces
  •     Raised floor system to allow for easy access and adaptability of mechanical, power and data systems

HOK Mexico championed the pursuit of LEED® certification throughout the competition process, a proposal that currently remains under consideration.

Founded in 1993, HOK's Mexico City office has developed into one of the country's most prominent architectural practices. Recent projects include the HSBC Mexico Headquarters Tower, MetLife Mexico Headquarters and Bank of America offices in Mexico City.

HOK is a global architectural firm that specializes in planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities. Through its collaborative network of 25 offices worldwide, the firm serves diverse clients within the corporate, commercial, public and institutional markets. HOK is committed to developing resources and expertise to help lead the world toward sustainable communities and building environments. Founded in 1955, the firm's expertise includes architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, lighting, graphics, facilities planning and assessment, and construction services.


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