Palmas 555
Palmas 555

Palmas 555

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  • Location Mexico City, Mexico
  • Status Built
  • Year 1975

Program

  • Office

Associate Architects

  • José Adolfo Wiechers y José Ignacio de Abiega

Project Leader

  • Juan Sordo Madaleno

This building has a nine-story tower for offices and a two-story plinth for commercial premises. Each floor is horizontally displaced in order to generate its unmistakable staggered profile. Despite its apparent instability, the rigid-frame structure transmits loads vertically throughout the whole height of the building. Each level is formed by a solid parapet clad in dark aluminum above which there runs a perimeter ribbon window. The plinth is clad with a polished red granite surface. Labeling it an example of a “counter-trend” in the context of Mexican modernity and of Sordo Madaleno’s own career, Alberto González Pozo points out that the building “demonstrates that abandoning­ orthogonal order is not a prerequisite for achieving provocative forms.” Due to its avant-garde shape, this building is nowadays one of the architect’s most famous buildings

Palmas 555
Palmas 555