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Llewelyn Davies Yeang picks up work despite being pipped to the post in Mexico comp - image

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Llewelyn Davies Yeang (LDY) has narrowly missed out on winning a competition to design a new Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico City.

A finalist in a three-way international contest, the practice was eventually pipped to the post by American giant SOM.

However, the developer was so impressed with LDY's twin green tower proposals that it has approached the firm to draw up plans for a new apartment block on the site in the Santa Fe district of the Mexican capital.

LDY's competition entry, designed with locally based practice Picciotto Arquitectos, featured two 30-storey skyscrapers on a shared podium, with a series of linked green atria running up the buildings.

It is not the first time internationally renowned LDY partner Ken Yeang has worked with the Mexican practice.

The eco-architect collaborated with founder José Picciotto on an apartment building in Mexico City five years ago.

Yeang said: 'I first met [Picciotto] at the UIA conference in Chicago in 1989. He also is keen on bio-climatic architecture.

'We are of common mind.'

by Richard Waite

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