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Satélite Towers
Attractions of Mexico City

Neighborhood: Ciudad Satelite
Address:  Anillo Periférico corner Circuito Fundadores
Metro: Cuatro Caminos or Chapultepec. Take one of the buses to Ciudad Satélite.
 

Landmark of Mexican architecture from the 50s and a symbol of Mexicos urban development after the war, the image of the Satélite Towers has travelled the world as one of the most influential works of urban art of the 20th century at an international level.

The Torres de Satélite are located on a roundabout in the middle of one of the busiest streets in Mexico Citys metropolitan area, an area that could be considered the first American-style urbanization in Mexico. In this location, constantly threatened by the noise of the traffic and the visual chaos caused by the hundreds of billboards surrounding the roads, the towers act as a silent island, as an art space dedicated to emotion in the midst of the commotion of the modern world, exactly as they were meant to by its authors, two of the most influential personalities of Mexican architecture in the 20th Century, Luis Barragán and Mathías Goeritz.

These towers were conceived from the beginning to be a symbol of Ciudad Satélite; a confident affirmation of Mexicos future after a successful and stable development during the years of the Second World War, which lead the nation, in two decades, to become one of the countries with most growth at the time, the so-called Mexican miracle. Goeritz and Barragán originally proposed seven vertical prisms which were later reduced to five because of conceptual and economical reasons, representing an enormous hand, a moment for the spirit in the midst of the chaos of traffic, a hand in prayer, a glance towards the sky, towards greatness.

From far away the towers appear as a great monument, from amongst them, we realize its a space, its the emotional architecture of Mathías Goeritz, its primary colours contrasting against the sky and transmutably reflecting the sunlight, at the same time, they are towers, atlases, prisms to be observed at high-speed, an abstract composition of the Bauhaus, the first minimalist work at an urban scale in the world.

To visit the towers use the pedestrian bridges that cross the Periférico. At night, the towers are specially illuminated.

 

 

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