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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects launches two projects in Monterrey

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Nov. 16, 2011) — Cesar Pelli and a team from Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects were in Monterrey, Mexico in November for the launch of two projects for One Development Group.

The visit included the unveiling of ODG’s plans for Arboleda, a mixed-use development, and a groundbreaking ceremony for Sofia, a 36-story mixed-use tower offering luxury residences and office space. Both projects are in San Pedro Garza Garcia, adjacent to the Campestre Golf Club with views of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Arboleda, which translates to “Grove,” is an urban village arranged around a central park that preserves many of the site’s live oak trees. More than 100 trees were transplanted throughout the site, including a massive bur oak tree. Standing nearly 18 meters (59 feet) tall with a diameter of 84 centimeters (nearly three feet), the tree will be a landmark within the new neighborhood. Arboleda will include low-, mid-, and high-rise residential buildings and a business and entertainment district with office towers, shops, restaurants, a hotel, and a cultural center. The project, master planned in collaboration with the Office of James Burnett, is expected to begin construction in late 2012.

Sofia forms the eastern gateway to the Arboleda complex. The building, slated for completion in 2013, will contain 50 residential condominiums and 30 office units.

Both Arboleda and Sofia will incorporate sustainable design strategies. Arboleda will be compliant with LEED for Neighborhood Development, a system that integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building. In addition, the buildings will be LEED certified. Highlighting the projects’ emphasis on sustainable design, the festivities included a tree-planting ceremony and dedication of the signature bur oak.

In conjunction with the opening events, Pelli delivered a lecture hosted by the local chapter of the Academia Nacional de Arquitectura.

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