10th Arquine International Architecture Competition: The Bicentennial Towers

10th Arquine International Architecture Competition: The Bicentennial Towers

Open, international, 1-stage, anonymous, ideas

Mexico City

04 Feb 2008 – Late Registration Deadline

29 Feb 2008 – Submission Deadline (postmarked by)




Open, international, 1-stage, anonymous, ideas


Mexico City


English, Spanish


31 Dec 2007 – Early Registration Deadline

04 Feb 2008 – Registration Deadline

29 Feb 2008 – Submission Deadline (postmarked by)

Mar 2008 – Results Announced


architects, engineers, and designers worldwide


Guy Nordenson

Francisco Serrano

Jose Castillo

Michel Rojkind

Alejandro Aravena


1st place: $100.000 pesos

Winning projects will be published on the Arquine webpage and in issue 44 of the magazine (June 2008).


Early Registration $800* Mexican pesos (Mexico), $100 USD (International)

*Including a year’s subscription to the magazine inside Mexico

Late Registration $1.000 Mexican pesos (Mexico), $120 USD (International)


Thirty years on from the publication of Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas’s manifesto celebrating congestion culture, at the peak of the high building craze in most of the world, and moving on from post 9-11 panic, Arquine announces its 10th International Competition, proposing the design of two skyscrapers, with 100 floors each, to celebrate the bicentenary of Mexico’s independence in 2010.

The skyscraper and the open chapel are two typologies of genuinely American origin.

The challenge of imagining a new function for the skyscraper (beyond phallic-formal exhibitionism) invites us to enrich the controversy over the leap in urban scale as a means to the Mexican capital’s necessary densification.

The project consists in setting each tower in two strategic areas of Mexico City: the Azcapotzalco Technology Park and the Xochimilco Ecology Park, establishing a dialectic between content and void; between built object and urban landscape.

The competition invites you to embark on the projects with two relevant discourses in mind: ecology and technology, true paradigms of early 21st-century culture.

The towers should favour mixed uses (permanent or temporary housing, offices, workshops, businesses, etc.) and blur the limits between the public and private domains.


Each of the bicentennial towers should develop on a maximum built surface of 150,000 m2 (excluding underground levels), and include the following program:

Housing, min. 20%

Offices, min. 30%

Businesses, min. 10%

Hotel, min. 20%

Auditorium, min. 5%

Terraces, min. 5%

Parking, min. 20%

In the technology tower the use of new technologies and building materials should be favoured, focused on reducing energy consumption and producing energy from renewable sources.

In the ecological tower the use of sustainable design and biocompatible materials should be favoured.


Libreria Juan O’Gorman

Colegio de Arquitectos

Av. Constituyentes 800

Col. Lomas Altas

Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo

Mexico, DF 11950

Tel: 52-55-5259-9004 /5259 9015