Construction work is to resume on Foster + Partners’ skyscraper in the heart of Mexico City after seven years of delays and obstacles
Now backed by developer Abilia, the 57-storey Reforma 432 tower on the city’s main corridor, the boulevard Paseo de la Reforma, is set to equal the height of Mexico’s tallest building, the Torre Reforma, which is also in the capital.
The tower will be home to four floors of shops, cafés and restaurants, with 85,000m² of offices above. Early visualisations show an open plaza at street level.
In a project description, Foster + Partners says the retail element of the 264m-high tower will include a series of terraces, some enclosed and some open, allowing natural ventilation throughout the year.
It adds that the building is open and transparent at ground level, with the tower’s base conceived as an extension of the urban realm, ’giving something back to the city’.
The construction project was initially in the hands of real estate developers Grupo Elipse and was to be called Sky Tower. However, the project never got off the ground and Abilia, owned by billionaire María Asunción Aramburuzabala, stepped in.
Reforma 432 will have the same number of floors as the Torre Reforma, which was completed in 2015 by local firm LBR&A Arquitectos in 2015.
Foster + Partners is also designing the new Mexico City International Airport project with Mexican architect Fernando Romero, set to become to world’s largest on its completion in 2020.
Abilia did not specify a starting or expected completion date for the Reforma 432 project.