Space architects has designed a 33-storey mixed use tower in the Santa Fe district of Mexico City which the developers hope will act as a new benchmark for green buildings in the region.

The practice was commissioned by developer Diimx to design “the best building in Latin America”, one which would set new standards in corporate buildings in the area.

Efizia Tower, Santa Fe
Efizia Tower, Santa Fe

The tower has a dual facade, the first being a double glazed glass facade and the second comprising a stainless steel mesh, allowing natural light in while absorbing the heat. This ensures the building remains and reducing electricity consumption by 37%.

The tower also features a green roof of local vegetation, uses rainwater harvesting and the project was built out of 30% recycled content.

The tower is currently subject to the LEED certification process, and the building has already obtained the “gold” standard at its pre certification stage.

Construction is due to start in mid 2009 and completion is expected in 2012.