All the Right Angles

by Tabitha Tavolaro, P.E., Associate Principal; Arup, New York, NY,
Bruce McKinlay, P.E., Principal; Arup, Los Angeles, CA,
Ricardo Pittella, P.E., Principal; Arup, Houston, TX,
Tom Wilcock, Associate Principal; Arup, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2016, Vol. 86, Issue 12, Pg. 46-55,76

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The tallest tower in Mexico is a right triangle in plan, its hypotenuse a glass curtain wall supported by visible V-shaped hangers. Supporting floors from a central spine was a challenge, but not nearly as much as building a multistory basement in highly variable soils and designing the building’s lobby to surround a historically important hacienda that had to be moved during construction and then returned to its original location.

Subject Headings: Building design | Developing countries | Glass | Curtain walls | Floors | Mid-rise buildings | Basements | Construction management | Mexico | North America

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