BBVA TOWER (LegoRogers, collaboration between LEGORRETA® + RSHP Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) | PROJECTS | Legorreta Arquitectos
BBVA TOWER (LegoRogers, collaboration between LEGORRETA® + RSHP Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners)

Category: Offices
Region: Mexico
Year: 2016
FT2 Construction: 2,032,224 sq ft
FT2 Ground: 0 sq ft
Involved Areas: Architecture, Interior Design

Ricardo Legorreta
Víctor Legorreta 
Miguel Almaraz
Adriana Ciklik
Carlos Vargas
Miguel Alatriste
Víctor Figueroa
Mariana Gómez
José Luis Barrera
Gerardo Martínez
Alejandro Ramírez
Guillermo Mateos
Óscar Islas
José Luis Corona
Diego Cuevas
Armando Echávez
Satoshi Kawakami
Tania Bárcena
Andres Martinez – Lanz
Jorge Vallarta
Alejandro Zamna
Francisco Espinosa
Samuel Corona
Lourdes del Val
Daniela Muñoz
Emmanuel Pérez
Fernanda Argüello
Luis Antonio Oviedo
Álvaro Hernández
Margarita Castro
Xavier Valladares
Berenice Corona
Gerardo González
Francisco Toledo
Roberto López
Noé Báez
Miguel Ángel Aguilar
Iván Torrejón
Regina Martínez
Francisco Arellano
Oswaldo Anaya
Fredy López
Joel Rojas

Associate Architects:
RSHP : Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Richard Rogers
Graham Stirk
Ivan Harbour
Mike Davies
Lennart Grut
Andrew Morris
Richard Paul
Ian Birtles
Simon Smithson
Tracy Meller
John McElgunn
Stephen Barrett
Andrew Tyley
Stephen Light
James Leathem
Georgina Robledo
Mark Darbon
Mark Gorton
Douglas Paul
Dennis Austin
Matt Cooper
Benjamin Darras
Michael Hughes
Dirk Krolikowski
Leonardo Pelleriti
Barbara Perez
James Stopps
Simon Tonks
Alex Zimmerman. 


Interior design: LEGORRETA®/ Skidmore Owins & Merril (SOM)
Landscape Design: Espacios Verdes
Structural Engineer: ARUP, Colinas de Buen S.A. de C.V. 
Public health Installations: Garza Maldonado y Asociados S.C.
Air Conditioning: DYPRO S.A. de C.V
Security: LOGEN S.A. de C.V.
Smoke Detection: Consultant: LOGEN S.A. de C.V.
Acoustic: Saad Acústica S.A. de C.V.
Signage: Rommy Serrano
Parking Consultant: Walker Parking Consultant 
Geotechnical Engineer: Ingeniería Experimental 
Heliport Consultant: ATG Ing.,
Traffic Impact Consultant: ITT 
Planning and Environmental Consultant: Asesoría Urbana 
Catering Consultant: Grupo Lux
Multimedia: Saad Acústica S.A. de C.V.
LEED Consultant: HKS Inc
Thermal Analysis Façade Consultant: DYPRO S.A. de C.V. 
Fire Code Consultant: ARUP
Transportation Consultant: ARUP
Electrical Consultant: DEC
Wind Tunnel Study: RWDI Consulting Engineers 
Codes and Regulations Consultant: Luis Rosales 
Renders: DECC
Landscape Design: Espacios Verdes S.A. de C.V.
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone
Cost Consultant: Ingeniería de Proyectos y Supervisión (INPROS S.A. de C.V.)
Contractor: Turner Construction Company, Marhnos Construcciones S.A. de C.V.


Roland Halbe
Lourdes Legorreta
Mark Gorton
Ma. Dolores Robles - Martínez


2018 Shortlisted for “RIBA International Prize 2018”
2018 MCHAP Awards Nomination MCHAP.emerge 2016/2017
2018 LEED Platinum Award.
2017 “Building of the Year”, Office Category by ArchDaily
2017 International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athanaeum
2017 Gold Medal In CIDI Biennial in Office Building Category
2017 “Corazón Chilango” Recognition
2017 “Building of the Year” in the Edification Category, by Obras Magazine in Mexico
2017 “People’s Choice Award” in the Building of the Year Awards, Obras Magazine Mexico
2017 “Noldi Schreck Award” Corporate Architecture, Glocal Design Magazine Mexico.
2016 Silver Medal in Mexican Architecture Biennial
2016 Bronze Medal in the American Architecture Prize, Institutional Architecture Category
2016 Award of Merit in ENR Global Best Projects Awards, Office Category (Engineering)
2016 Structural Awards Award for Commercial or Retail Structures Category (Engineering)
2016 World Architecture Festival Shortlist, Office Category
2016 MCHAP Awards Nomination
2016 CTBUH Awards Nomination
2014 LEED Gold Award

Located on the Paseo de la Reforma, the tower marks a gateway to Chapultepec Park with sky gardens overlooking the city and the park.  The architecture aims to promote a sense of community and interaction between staff. On the ground floor, the triple-height lobby sits on the corner of Paseo de la Reforma, which links the daily operations of the bank branch with executive-level commercial businesses at higher levels. In the lobby, glass elevators face the park and will transport visitors arriving by foot, as well as the employees up to the sky lobby at level 12. The sky lobby is a window to the city and the park. This area will be used for exhibitions and public events and connects the hall and dining room with terraces overlooking Chapultepec Park. At this level security manages visitor access to the building. 

The VIPs and executives access the building through a separate lobby on the ground floor, with a dedicated access area for vehicles to guarantee a high level of security and privacy. The executive elevator offers direct access to the top executive floors and discreet access to public floors of the building, including the heliport. The building’s main structure is externally expressed to provide flexibility in planning internal office spaces.  The external braced frame provides the seismic structural system to the building allowing the core to be arranged diagonally organising office space on two sides.  The result moves away from the traditional centre core, four sided floor layout and responds to the spectacular views towards the city and Chapultepec Park. 

Sky gardens every nine floors create outdoor space within the tower and provide meeting and break-out areas where people can enjoy spectacular views of the city. 

The façade design is inspired by the Mexican traditions and architectural heritage. The geometry of the diagonal structure is used to create a lattice frame to protect the façade from direct light and heat from the sun. As a result, the building has been awarded a Platinum LEED energy standard. 

The tower provides 78,800m2 of prime office space for BBVA Bancomer and can accommodate 4,500 members of staff.

The qualities of the building are:
• The building responds to its immediate context and the city;
• Sky gardens provide a focal point for grouping working communities within the BBVA culture;
• An architectural legibility of building elements gives the tower a human scale;
• It provides flexibility in re-planning the building for future change.
• It responds both socially and environmentally by minimizing resource consumption, waste and greenhouse gas emissions, while the use of passive solar protection systems are maximized to reduce energy consumption.

The BBVA Bancomer Tower is a distinctive landmark on Mexico City’s developing skyline.

"The collaboration started as a friendship between Richard and my father (Ricardo Legorreta), and later I have also become a close friend of Richard. Both RSHP and Legorreta + Legorreta were invited by BBVA Bancomer to enter a competition to design a new headquarter building for them in Mexico City. As Richard had been visiting Mexico for over 20 years, we had always talked about the possibility of both practices working together, so this was the perfect opportunity to form a team and participate in the competition. We are very excited to see the sketches for the building transform to a completed building. It was a great opportunity to work collaboratively with RSHP and BBVA Bancomer on this special building in the city.”
Victor Legorreta, Director, LEGORRETA ® 

Mexico City’s new headquarters for BBVA Bancomer is a celebration of the 21st Century workplace as a multi-layered, collaborative community. The building’s distinctive sky gardens, the heart of its community, speak to the city around it and far beyond. The building expresses its functions to the outside world; its fluid and flexible interior space, its external core, its structure and its environmental controls together form a legible, holistic, architecture that is globally distinctive and a unique response to its place.”
Ivan Harbour, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

“We were thrilled by the opportunity to work for BBVA Bancomer on such a unique project for Mexico City and to collaborate with Legorreta + Legorreta, one of the world’s leading architectural practices. The form of this building is based on a rethinking of conventional approaches to office space. The design creates a new hierarchy of vertical communities or ‘villages’ with open areas where staff and visitors can meet and enjoy spectacular views across the city. It serves as a landmark building that provides a clear link between Chapultepec Park and the Paseo de la Reforma. The highly sustainable design incorporates a façade which draws on the heritage of Mexican architecture; the result is a reinterpretation of the distinctive texture of traditional ‘celosia’ screens. This building successfully reflects the beauty of LegoRogers’ talents.”
Richard Rogers, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

“The building is the most sophisticated, highest quality building in Mexico.  It’s a signature building for the bank, for the expansion of their business in North American markets.”
Nick Billotti, Chairman of Turner Construction Company