BBVA Bancomer Operations Center

  • Client Bbva Bancomer
  • Region South America
  • Location Mexico City, Tennessee, Mexico

Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2015
  • Design Finish Year 2011
  • Size Site Area: 4,660 meters Building Height: 135 meters Number of Stories: 30 Building Gross Area: 154,000 square meters
  • Awards
    2016, Global Award for Excellence Finalist, Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2016, Premio Nacional, Instituto Mexicano del Edificio Inteligente y Sustentable A.C. 2017, Finalist: The Plan Award - Office Building, The Plan 2016, Intelligent Building of the Year: Corporate Office, IMEI 2017, Best Corporate Office Building, Reforma Entre Muro 2018, Premio Noldi Schreck Award: First Place in Corporate Architecture category, Glocal Design Magazine 2018, Premio Noldi Schreck Award: First Place in Corporate Interior Design category, Glocal Design Magazine 2017, Good Design is Good Business, Architectural Record
  • Sustainability Certifications LEED BD+C NC (New Construction) Gold, BD+C, Gold
  • Collaborators
    Code Consultants, Inc. Fisher Marantz Stone Shen Milsom & Wilke Romano Gatland Van Deusen & Associates AKF Group Idea Asociados Assa Abloy Door Security Solutions Stark + Ortiz S.C. CTC Ingenieros Civiles Power Management Engineering S.A. de C.V. Nolte Vertical Five Cramex Vertical Ambiente Arquitectos Asociados Davis Langdon Steer Davies Gleave Jones Lang LaSalle Hill International
Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2015
  • Design Finish Year 2011
  • Size Site Area: 4,660 meters Building Height: 135 meters Number of Stories: 30 Building Gross Area: 154,000 square meters
  • Awards
    2016, Global Award for Excellence Finalist, Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2016, Premio Nacional, Instituto Mexicano del Edificio Inteligente y Sustentable A.C. 2017, Finalist: The Plan Award - Office Building, The Plan 2016, Intelligent Building of the Year: Corporate Office, IMEI 2017, Best Corporate Office Building, Reforma Entre Muro 2018, Premio Noldi Schreck Award: First Place in Corporate Architecture category, Glocal Design Magazine 2018, Premio Noldi Schreck Award: First Place in Corporate Interior Design category, Glocal Design Magazine 2017, Good Design is Good Business, Architectural Record
  • Sustainability Certifications LEED BD+C NC (New Construction) Gold, BD+C, Gold
  • Collaborators
    Code Consultants, Inc. Fisher Marantz Stone Shen Milsom & Wilke Romano Gatland Van Deusen & Associates AKF Group Idea Asociados Assa Abloy Door Security Solutions Stark + Ortiz S.C. CTC Ingenieros Civiles Power Management Engineering S.A. de C.V. Nolte Vertical Five Cramex Vertical Ambiente Arquitectos Asociados Davis Langdon Steer Davies Gleave Jones Lang LaSalle Hill International

The Operations Center is an architectural landmark that consolidates and repositions BBVA Bancomer’s physical presence in Mexico City. Rising 135 meters, the state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable building raises the bar for new commercial projects in Mexico’s capital and elevates the profile of BBVA Bancomer in Latin America.

The 154,000-square-meter building reimagines BBVA’s work environment for the 21st century. SOM’s design accommodates the transformation of the company’s operational structure from a traditional, hierarchical model to a more horizontal, collaborative organization. With open offices and shared social spaces, the building provides opportunities for informal meetings and collaboration.

As part of a planned development, the Operations Center relates to its dense urban context through massing and scale. The building is conceived as a “vertical city,” a bundle of volumes shifted at their intersections to create points of articulation. It is filled with amenities including cafeterias, lounges, outdoor terraces, and meeting spaces to reinforce a sense of community. The building’s scale and visual dynamism contribute to the area’s pedestrian character, while creating an interior environment that supports productivity.

Certified LEED®-NC Gold, the Operations Center elevates the level of building quality and performance in Mexico City’s commercial marketplace. A host of energy- and water-saving features are integrated in the design. Its sophisticated glass facade is wrapped by a screen of staggered vertical louvers that are calibrated to the angle of the sun, in order to reduce solar heat gain while maximizing views and filtering daylight.

The Operations Center contributes to the revitalization of the Parques Polanco neighborhood, a formerly industrial district. Located next to a verdant open space, the tower provides a commercial anchor for the neighborhood’s mixed-use master plan. The project has spurred improvements to the public realm, and residential and retail development has increased in the surrounding area.