The world's most innovative skyscraper is in Mexico City

Torre Reforma, designed by the Mexican architect Benjamín Roman, won the International International Highrise Award 2018

The world's most innovative skyscraper is in Mexico City
Torre Reforma – Photo: Courtesy of Torre Reforma
English 07/11/2018 13:38 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 13:46

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If you're in Mexico City, we suggest you take a stroll around Reforma, where the Reforma Tower (Torre Reforma) is located, which is the city's tallest building.

Besides its futuristic architecture, it has three great qualities: the design preserved a French-Gothic house from 1929, it is a smart building that saves large amounts of energy, and it has the anti-seismic technology.

For these reasons, the jury of the International International Highrise Award 2018 decided, unanimously, that the Torre Reforma, designed by the Mexican architect Benjamín Romano, is recognized as the most innovating skyscraper in the world.

Benjamín Romano received the award during the ceremony in Paulskirche, Frankfurt. The IHA was presented by Dr. Ina Hartwig.

Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) nominated 36 projects from 15 different countries. The international jury, formed by architects, structural engineers, and property development experts selected five finalists,

The winner, Torre Reforma, is an office tower located in Paseo de la Reforma Avenue. The 246-meter-high tower is the tallest building in Mexico City.

It is a smart building, it saves up 25% more energy than other buildings of this kind, and 85% of the materials are Mexican.
 

The innovative structural design has three main aspects: the safety requirements in a city with seismic activity, the rescue of a neo-Gothic mansion next to the tower, and the challenge of fulfilling the current normativity.

Who is Benjamín Romano?

Benjamín Romano is LBR&A director, an architectural firm. Their projects are outstanding for their use of technology and innovation to favor sustainability, structural design, and operative efficiency.

He has received several awards in Mexico and the world. In 2016-2017, he was invited to teach at Harvard University.

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