Glorieta Cibeles Tower

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Restoration and Renovation
  • Company/Firm
    CIMET Arquitectos
  • Lead Designer
    Sholem Cimet, Yoram Cimet
  • Architect
    CIMET Arquitectos
  • Interior Designer
    CIMET Arquitectos
  • Const. Company
    CIMET Arquitectos
  • Photo Credit
    Luis Gallardo and Jaime Navarro
  • Location
    Mexico City
  • Project Date
    November 2021
  • Project Link

The Glorieta Cibeles Tower is a complete up-cycle of a structure abandoned and deemed unsafe after the historic 1985 earthquake. Designed as a sculptural inhabitable obelisk, the transformation comprised four fundamental axes: structure and resilience; comfort and functionality; aesthetic and tectonic design; and sustainability, in operational and embodied energy.

Structurally, 4 viscous structural dampers were incorporated at each floor, reducing up to 60% of earthquake strength. The core was redesigned and relocated cantilevered to its eastern side resulting in greater open floors and more comfortable and greatly improved interior mobility and quality. The renovated tower is Leed Platinum certified, achieving a 36.5% in total energy, 56% in artificial lighting, 67% in HVAC and 41% in water savings; additionally, by recycling the structure a 50% reduction in embodied carbon was accomplished.

The intervention demonstrated that old deteriorated structures can be revitalized while exceeding all the current requirements of comfort, efficiency, sustainability, resiliency and flexibility, becoming an example of urban recovery and renewal.