The Televisa Chapultepec Edificio de Servicios is a major example of the growing modernism within Mexico and the intricacy of art in Mexico City. Originally founded as Telesistema Mexicano in 1955, Televisa or “Grupo Televisa, S.A.B.” became what it is known as today in 1973 when it merged with Television Independiente de Mexico. Televisa is the largest mass multimedia company in Spanish America and was the first to be created which featured Spanish-language programming.
After many years of operation, Televisa wished to create a new image of themselves in Mexico City. They hired TEN ARQUITECTOS to build a center starting in 1993 in which their company could create a new and exciting place of commerce for its employees, as well serve the essential needs of their business.
Finished in 1995, the Edificio de Servicios is located across from Televisa’s executive office and TV transmission tower in downtown Mexico City and contains magnificent architectural features, such as its oval shape and heavy use of glass which lets in the natural lights of the city. According to TEN ARQUITECTOS’ website, the building contains “a number of diverse functions: a parking garage; office space for media services, union relations and banking services; an employee cafeteria which can also be used for events, concerts and broadcasting; executive dining facilities; conference rooms; and recreational facilities.” The building has two superimposed forms, which each cut an independent figure that corresponds to the many different uses they have. It also has a broadcasting station connected to the building.
TEN ARQUITECTOS has contributed greatly to the growing diversity of building designs in Mexico. Some of their projects include the Aeropuerto de la Ciudad de Mexico, the Santander building in Mexico City, the Juzgados Oaxaca in Oaxaca de Juarez as well as other projects across the country and even in the Eastern United States from their New York branch.
Since Guillermo Gonzalez Camerena invented the color-wheel color television, Mexico has been a world leader in the field of multi-media communications. According to an analysis done by MarketLine, Televisa has “diversified media and entertainment, strong portfolios of Pay-TV networks, and a significant publishing business,” which has contributed to its success and standing as an industry leader amongst a wide array of competition.