Torre Reforma: a concrete giant in Mexico City

Torre Reforma: a concrete giant in Mexico City
Published: 09 July 2015

Tagged Under: Mexico Cemex 

Even before its official inauguration in late 2015, Torre Reforma, designed by the Mexican architect Benjamín Romano from LBR&A Arquitectos, is already an architectural icon in Mexico. At 807ft and 57 levels, this emblematic corporate building is the tallest in Mexico City.

Characterised by both its slimness and strength, the walls that serve as the backbone of the tower were built with Cemex Fortis. The high-strength properties of this concrete allow it to bear the weight of the slabs, which were conceived without interior columns to maximise the use of space, with the support of the intertwined metallic structure, according to the Mexican cement major.

The flexibility of concrete as a building material, coupled with the strategic design of the walls with ‘tetris’ style windows, dissipates telluric waves and releases energy in the event of an earthquake, Cemex explains. The concrete used for the walls was designed by Cemex in gradient shades of gray to match the building height, in accordance with customer requirements.

"Our concrete walls are everything on this project. They are the structure, the facade, the view and the architectural image. In short, they are the tower’s masterpiece,” said Julieta Boy, Project Manager at LBR&A Arquitectos.

To build a project of this magnitude, special pumping equipment that can pour concrete at high altitudes and in difficult access areas was required. ‘Placing boom’ is a technology solution provided by Cemex that allows for a continuous concrete pour with utmost safety, promptness, consistency, and efficiency of cost and labor.

Along with the efforts to innovate that characterize this building; the sustainability approach of Torre Reforma is aligned to the highest international standards that allow it to seek a LEED Platinum certificate from the US Green Building Council.

Some 90 per cent of the areas have exterior views that favor comfort and productivity. The natural light and ventilation of the triple-height courtyards and interior gardens impact energy savings by 25 per cent. Also, its treatment plant recycles 100 percent of consumed water, allowing the city to save 700m liters a year.

Located in the heart of Paseo de la Reforma, this skyscraper became news when construction began on its foundation in 2008. At that time it was necessary to temporarily move a house that dates back to 1929 – classified as historical and cultural heritage by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes – and then return it to its original location with the support of a tray made with Cemex specialty concrete.