9 February 2017
The BBVA Bancomer Tower has won ArchDaily’s Office Building of the Year 2017 award. The tower, which was built as a collaboration between Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners and Mexican architects Legorreta and Legorreta, was completed in 2016 and provides 78,800m2 of prime office space for BBVA Bancomer and can accommodate approximately 4,500 employees.
Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner at RSHP, commented: “We are delighted to have won this award. We always strive in our architecture to create buildings which serve their occupants and enhance their environments. To have won an award in a public vote shows that BBVA tower has captured the public’s imagination as we had hoped it would. It was a delight to work in collaboration with Legorreta and Legorreta, and it is particularly special to see that recognised.”
More than 75,000 votes from ArchDaily readers around the world filtered 3,000 projects down to the 16 category winners.
The building is based on the reinterpretation of traditional office space organisation, offering a variety of new flexible working environments for all users. Sky gardens every nine floors create outdoor space within the tower and provide meeting and break-out areas where people can enjoy spectacular views. Consequently, the architecture promotes a sense of community and interaction between staff.
BBVA Tower has also won a bronze medal in the American Architecture Prize 2016 and a silver medal at the Bienal Nacional de Arquitectura Mexicana and has been certified LEED Gold for its environmentally-friendly features.
Victor Legorreta, Partner, Design and General Director at Legorreta, said: "One of the greatest satisfactions that an architect may have is that the users and the people are happy with a building. As for this Award, to be recognized as the “Building of the Year” from Archdaily on a global scale by a public voting implies that the people who are working in it are satisfied with the tower, and as the building stands in a very notable place, the people from Mexico City are also happy with the Tower.”