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plinko Dec 1, 2009 8:03 AM

MEXICO CITY | Torre Latinoamericana | 545 FT / 166 M | 46 FLOORS | 1956
Looming over the Bellas Artes and the Alameda district of Mexico City, the Torre Latinoamericana immediately created a lasting skyline image and stood in 1956 as one of the tallest structures in the world outside New York City.

While it has long since been eclipsed, the tower is still the 4th tallest building in the city and anchors the eastern end of the Reforma.

The tower has a very similar form and massing to the Empire State Building, but is built with an all glass curtain wall. There is a multi-level observation deck on the top floors which IIRC was free (including access to the roof). I actually found it odd at the time that you take the same elevators to the deck as the office workers on the lower floors.

The building has aged quite well and has been renovated several times.

piss poor drunken point-n-shoot night shot...

giving the Bellas Artes a little shade...

the spire is open to the observation deck (though not accessible), the only tower I can remember being like this...

provides a great view down the Reforma...

LMich Dec 1, 2009 9:11 AM

Oddly enough, this is one of my favorite towers in the Americas. I like the massing, proportions, and it stays completely true to the style it's shooting for. It still manages to look modern, new, and fresh despite the staining brought on by the city's significant air pollution.

Yael Dec 24, 2009 3:54 AM

Here are some Famous Pictures of this Tower:
None of this pictures are mine.
Credits to their Authors.

At Dusk.
Source: Website. -

Under Construction.
Source: Charlie & Snoopy Inc. from Flickr. -

At Night.
Source: Wikipedia. -

And the Classic One.
Source: Skyscraperlife. user: Lord William. -

Alpha Jan 29, 2010 4:34 PM

It looks like a smaller version of Empire State Building.

Tex17 Apr 17, 2010 9:46 PM

I wish I could like it more, but the top is just so ugly. Like something out of a junkyard. :haha:

Dylan Leblanc Apr 15, 2012 3:51 PM

Here's a graphic with some height on it.
pic from my own collection

RCDC Apr 15, 2012 5:31 PM

I've always loved this building for some reason.


Originally Posted by plinko (Post 4585460)

The see-through corners are way cool.

It's worth mentioning that structurally it was a pioneer in earthquake-resistant high-rise construction. The tower shrugged off a 7.9 earthquake in 1957 and a 8.1 earthquake in 1985. :tup:

jd3189 Apr 15, 2012 6:11 PM

Cool. It's one of the few great skyscrapers that exist in Mexico.

ragwar Jul 12, 2014 5:52 AM

Is no the most beautiful it is not the most original but is an iconic builduing for mexico this was one of the first steps mexico city takes to enter to the skycrapers world race and we need to be grateful because of that lon live for "torre latinoamericana"

M4UR1C10_7RUJ1LL0 Dec 2, 2019 12:22 AM
So beautiful

Crawford Dec 2, 2019 12:57 AM

I've always liked this one. Yes, it's obviously derivative of ESB, but it's still a (minor) icon.

I would be interested in the tenant mix these days, as it's no longer in a prime office area. Not a bad area, but no longer an "A" location.

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