Plaza Juarez--page 1 (of two pages)

Legoretta + Legorreta and Vicente Roja (fountain)
2003 (plaza); 2005 (towers)

The objective for this project was to regenerate part of the historical center of Mexico City, which eventuated in this mixed-use complex, with open spaces, a plaza, and two adjoining brightly colored office towers. The space originally had been severely damaged and largely derelict after the 1985 earthquake. The towers are set far back from the street to prevent their clashing with the small 18th century Church of Corpus Christi (which was also renovated) and with other lower roofed buildings in the historic center.

Below: the two towers joined by a 44 foot high base in white stone


The Foreign Affairs Secretariat or Torre Tlatelolco

This taller tower of 23 stories is faced with burnt sienna stone.

Protruding three-story glass blocks

These corner breaks occur on both towers.

The building on the left: The Superior Court of Justice of the Federal District

This 18-story court building is a "deep brick red, called tezontle, for the volcanic stone that first the Aztecs and then the Spanish used to face their buildings. It is still the dominant color in Meico City's historic district" (Malkin).



Views from behind the plaza


Views from Alameda Park

Works Consulted or Quoted: Elisabeth Malkin. "A Modern Space in Mexico's Historic Center." New York Times, Dec 21, 2005.

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