dlc architects

dlc architects

México Distrito Federal, MX


reforma 412 roofgardens

Reforma 412 “Roof gardens” is located  in the most important Avenue in Mexico “Paseo de

la Reforma” in Mexico City.

The architects in charge of the building design (RDT + ARDITTI Architects) created a building intended to become

an icon not only for Mexico’s capital but to have a much bigger impact environmentally speaking, in this particular way our

project was intended to take advantage of the initial premise. Each terrace was designed on a different approach

towards; co‐working oriented design, user’s flexibility, sustainability and technology concepts.

The project consists of a series of "roof gardens" situated at different floors in defferent levels throughout the building, thus

generating "green spaces" that contribute to have a better "quality life" on the people that inhabited it.

The complete building is being designed under the certification criteria of Sustainable Buildings or LEED

(Leadership in Energy & Enviromental Design), letting the landscape project to be developed under the same

energy efficiency, increase of the enviromental quality, low water consumption as well as vegetation and

construction materials selection criteria.

Under these criteria, converge a number of construction and design lineaments throughout the whole project,

which are specified as follows:

1.‐ Definition of a vegetation palette as of regional species that are of low water consumption as well as low


2.‐ 100% rain water captation and reciclying from a residual water treatment alternative system.

3.‐ Design of a garden roofing integrated system (waterproofing"TPO" or multiple‐plyTRiPositeXL, 4 in 1 Drainage

foundation system and a regional growing medium). With a multiple purpose; The use of foam "ACFOAM‐II

Insulation (Ro=15) a water proof, anti‐roots, high reflectivity plastic membrane or "TPO" and a Drainage

enhancer plastic membrane or "DuraGro" to retain enough humidity and avoid drought on vegetation.

4.‐ Design of a complete authomatized aspersion and micro‐aspersion irrigation system with atmospheric sensors

devices and time regulators (from a main control) to encourage a low energy‐water consumption.

5.‐ Furniture and flooring finishes, easy to install, low maintenance and environmental impact, like granite floor,

permeable concrete and composite wood (60% bamboo, 40% pvc).

6.‐ Illumination design from a criteria based in indirect lighting fixtures and low energy consumption (fluorecent

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Status: Built
Location: México Distrito Federal, MX
Firm Role: design, management, construction
Additional Credits: Félix Romano, Arditti Arquitectos, L+J , Mónica Muñoz González, Igreen, Servicios Ecológicos de Morelos, Alejandro Tazzer econstrucción