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Architecture Watch Local Edition: SF Meets Mexico City

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In Architecture Watch, Curbed SF expands its world view to new structures across the globe. Projects of note should be directed accordingly.

Thought Architecture Watch had nothing to do with San Francisco, did you? Well. Local architects Tyler Martine and Mike Miller of Steinberg Architects, recently conquered Arquine Magazine's 10th Annual International Architecture Competition. The challenge: design two 100 story high-rise towers in Mexico City to celebrate the city's 2010 bicentennial. Tyler and Mike's winning entry: Each tower develops differently around the an initial concept of the biological phenomenon of fraternal twins; one tower's design reflects a cellular structure, the other, a more linear organization.

The towers harbor schools focusing on natural sciences and environmental programs, and by using materials, techniques, and plantings that absorb pollutants from the air (a technique we've noted in other recent architectural developments), the buildings will help cleanse the air of Mexico City— no small feat, as it's one of the world's most polluted. Sounds good and the forms are compelling, but we're just not sure where the uh, actual building fits into that building. (Rooms? Anywhere?) For more information on the project, download the full competition pdfs here and here.
· 10th Arquine International Architecture Competition [Bustler]