Hotel & Residential
San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey, Mexico
646,000 square feet / 60,000 square meters
Sofia is a mixed-use tower in San Pedro Garza Garcia, a city in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Orientals. The 40-story office and residential tower have panoramic views of the mountains. Located near the Paseo del los Duendes pedestrian greenway, the tower also overlooks Club Campestre Monterrey, Mexico’s most exclusive golf club. Sofia anchors the adjacent development Arboleda, an urban village developed by ODGand master planned by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.
The tower has an underlying form with elongated waves and an outlying form with an edge like tracery. The outer form is emphasized by the edges of balconies that run the full length of each apartment. The curtain wall contains both transparent and opaque glass, allowing for views while meeting LEED requirements for opacity.
Luxury residences occupy the upper half of the tower and premium office space is in the lower half. On each residential floor, there are two-to-three apartments up to 600-square-meters (6,500 square feet). At levels 19 and 20, amenity floors separate the office and residential levels and include recreation rooms, banquet rooms, a spa, and pool with views of the mountains. Additional amenities are on the landscaped roof of the parking structure and include a pool, pavilion, dog run, fire pit, and other amenities. The garage, with three levels above-grade and seven below, are screened by a wall of plantings including flowering bougainvillea vines.
Like Arboleda, whose name translates to “Grove,” the design of the landscape places an emphasis on trees. Hundreds of mature trees, some as old as 100 years, were moved from the site prior to construction and have been replanted. Retaining these trees creates the immediate appearance of a long-established landscape.
The building is being designed to U.S. building codes and with LEED-recognized sustainable design strategies such as a high-performance building envelope, sustainable materials, and high-efficiency building systems.