La Venta Office Complex

  • Located on the far outskirts of Mexico City, the region of La Venta contains a reforested area of evergreen trees once used for paper production. Today it sits abandoned. This office complex's design concept is to maintain the very nature of this forest while providing development income to fund its preservation. Rather than sacrificing forestland for buildings, a series of nurseries designed as stepped or sloping terraces, cover the roofs of the office buildings. Thus, the vast majority of area available for continued reforestation is maintained. A portion of the office rental income is used to help finance the continued future preservation of the forest.
  • The heights of each new structure are aligned with the surrounding tree canopy, insuring the office buildings blend completely into the existing forest. Positioned on the downhill slope of the site, the buildings are invisible from the nearby scenic highway and fully insulated from the sound of the highway's traffic.

project information

location:   Mexico D.F.
client:   Televisa S.A.
cost:   $12.0-14.0M per building
area:   500 forested acres
80-90,000 sq ft per building