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Mexico City
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Torres de Satélite, Satélite Towers

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Towers of the Ciudad Satélite Change this

Mexico City, Mexico
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The Torres de Satélite ("Satélite Towers") are located in Ciudad Satélite (Formerly known as "Elite"), an exclusive high class zone, in the northern part of Naucalpan, Mexico (totally opposite to the impoverished southern zones like Tlalpan, Xochimilco and rural communities). One of the country's first urban sculptures of great dimensions, had its planning started in 1957 with the ideas of renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán, painter Jesús Reyes Ferreira and sculpturer Mathias Goeritz. The project was originally planned to be composed of seven towers, with the tallest one reaching a height of 200 meters (about 650 feet), but a budget reduction forced the design to be composed of only five towers, with the tallest measuring 52 meters (170 feet) and the shortest 30 meters (98 feet). These towers were conceived from the beginning to be a symbol of Ciudad Satélite; a confident affirmation of Mexico’s 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. These towers were conceived from the beginning to be a symbol of Ciudad Satélite; a confident affirmation of Mexico’s 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.

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