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SEP Torre Independencia

Insurgentes Norte 423, U.H.Tlatelolco, Cuauhtemoc
Mexico Mexico

Construction Dates
Floor Count25
Building Uses
 - office
 - government
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - hole
 - pyramid
 - truss
Architectural Style
 - modern
 - glass
 - aluminium
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof418 ftHistoric reference drawings

• Architect: Mario Pani Darqui / Luis Ramos

Developer: Banco Nacional Hipotecario Urbano y de Obras Públicas, S.A. / The Federal Government
• Constructor: CYR Construcciones S.A. de C.V., (http://www.cyr.com.mx).
• Promotor: Cushmann & Wakefield.
• Bells Producer: Petit & Fritsen.
• Other: Laboratorios LIAC S.A. de C.V. / GC Geoconstruccion S.A. de C.V. / Otis

• When built, "Torre Insignia" was the 2nd tallest building of the country, still as the tallest of the north of the city, is one of the most distinctive elements of the skyline.

• This pyramid-shaped tower built with reinforced concrete was totally remodeled at least three times, had the biggest carrillion (Musical steeple) of the country, the bells: 47 in total had a weight of 26 tons, made by Petit & Fritsen as a gift from Belgium, The larger one -named Hidalgo- with 5 tons of weight.

• A peculiar fact is the absence of vertical columns, the entirely weight is transmitted by diagonal elements, the external stairways was built on the 80's for fireproof regulations, the building still unused since the end of the 80's, due to deterioration and lack of maintenance. It was ownered and repaired by new investors in 2006.

• The original owner was the Mexican Government's Bank BANOBRAS and use the tower as their main offices and logo.

• The color paintings on the top sides are an artistic collaboration of Carlos Merida inspired on pre-Hispanic symbols.

• The east and west facades are inclinated 15°.

• It has endured many earthquakes, without suffering any severe damage in their structure.

• Site: 7,716.06 m².

• On 2008 Cushman & Wakefield promote the building as the name "Corporativo Tlatelolco"
• On 2011 was refounded with 40 piles, 60 centimeters of diameter each at 28 meters deep.
• On 2012 was renamed as "Torre Independencia" but was in 2014 when the new name where publicly known.

• Reference images:

Phorio Entry

Wikipedia Entry (Spanish)

SkyscraperCenter Entry

Structurae Entry

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