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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer???
US Bank Tower 59 44.03%
Torre Mayor 75 55.97%
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Old June 21st, 2006, 05:13 AM   #1
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World's Strongest: TORRE MAYOR - VS - US BANK TOWER

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Watch both buildings, choose the one that you consider the best in architecture, landscape, place, etc. Torre Mayor and US Bank Tower are the strongest buildings in the world; both can resist an 8.5 earthquake in the Richter scale; an earthquake of this magnitude would destroy completely a building of this height . It's a nice competition!!


TORRE MAYOR - Mexico City


US BANK TOWER - Los Angeles

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Old June 21st, 2006, 08:23 AM   #2
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US BANK TOWER- MORE FAMOUS, MORE DISTINCTIVE, MORE ICONIC, BETTER DESIGN, BETTER CITY

PERIOD.
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Old June 21st, 2006, 11:38 PM   #3
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Old June 21st, 2006, 11:56 PM   #4
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Some info about them and more pics would be quite useful!
Judging by these pics only...TORRE MAYOR looks nicer
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 12:17 AM   #5
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US BANK
Height (struct.) 310 m 1,018 ft
Floors (OG) 73
Construction end 1989
- The glass crown on top is brightly illuminated at night.
- The Bunker Hill Steps, a variation of Rome's Spanish Steps, wrap around the west side of the base, leading up to Bunker Hill.
- When completed, became the tallest building on the Pacific coast, surpassing Columbia Center in Seattle.
- Tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River.
- The building was designed to withstand an earthquake of 8.3 on the Richter Scale.
- The tower has 4 glass-crowned setbacks, at the 48th, 57th, 61st, and 69th floor levels.
- This is the tallest building in the world located in a major seismic region.
- The highest helipad in the world is on the roof.
- Until US Bancorp committed to a major lease with naming rights in March 2003, the building was named Library Tower after the Los Angeles Central Library across the street.
- First building to be destroyed by alien invaders in the 1996 movie "Independence Day".
- The central core structure has a frame that is reinforced in two directions.
- The faade, consisting of granite strips alternating with rectangular windows each 6.4 m (21 ft) long, is also designed to endure deformations of up to 6.35 cm (2.5 inch) per floor.
- From the 53rd floor up, horizontal forces caused by wind or earthquakes are dampened by two struts, which are each one floor high.







TORRE MAYOR
Height (struct.) 225 m 738 ft
Floors (OG) 55
Construction end 2003
- Mexico's tallest skyscraper since completion.
- The light at the top is visible from 25 kilometers away.
- The tower resists winds of 160 miles per hour.
- Latin America's tallest skyscraper since completion.
- During September the lights on the top have the colors of the Mexican flag.
- The lights on the rear top only illuminate from Monday to Friday.
- It has become one of the representative icons of the city.
- The inside air it is changed 6 times every hour in order to avoid the existence of microorganisms.
- The windows are 2.5 cm thickness.
- If there was an earthquake of 8.5 on scale of richter the building would suffer a movement equal to winds of 22 miles per hour.
- The humidity level of the inside air is approximately 45%.
- The construction counts 98 shock absorbers.
- The building has more than 7,000 light bulbs.
- There were 1,700 workers during the construction with no fatal accident.
- The elevators can transport upwards of 70,000 people per day.
- Top of the tower is nearly 8,500 feet above sea level.
- Considering the foundations the overall height it is 285 m.
- Its dual steel structures was the first used in any skyscraper in Mxico.
- The half moon on the main entrance, which is covered by eleven pairs of columns is of the same size as the one on the top.
- The original name of the project was "Torre Chapultepec".
- The speed of the elevators reaches 6 meters per second and it takes 36 seconds arriving at floor 52 from the ground floor.
- The public observatory on the 52nd floor is the highest in the city, surpassing the one in the Torre Latinoamericana.
- It has been presented awards by the following institutions: IMEI, ADI, AISC, Civil Engineering Research Foundation, CERF and Popular Science Magazine.
- The building overlooks Chapultepec park.
- 251 piles were used in the foundation, some reaching a depth of 60 meters.




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Old June 22nd, 2006, 12:18 AM   #6
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eeeeeewwwwwww.... people actually voted for that thing in Los Angeles?








*This coming from one of the biggest Library Tower fans out there... it just doesn't compare to Torre Mayor.*
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 12:27 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Westsidelife
US BANK TOWER- MORE FAMOUS, MORE DISTINCTIVE, MORE ICONIC, BETTER DESIGN, BETTER CITY

PERIOD.
It's maybe more famous for you, cause you're from L.A. You can't subestimate Mexico City; people that subestimate this city are people that are not part of this globalized world. Why do you consider L.A. better?? For money?? Lomas de Chapultepec in Mexico City has a higher per capita income than Beverly Hills in L.A. I'm not saying M.C. is better neither. Let's try to be better judges.

This competition is not easy. In one side, Torre Mayor is located in the most beautiful boulevard of the Americas, and US Bank Tower is actually the most outstanding building of the vibrant skyline of a major American city. That's what I refered to when I said "consider place", not the city by itself cause it could become a fight. Greetings...

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Old June 22nd, 2006, 12:37 AM   #8
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The design of the Torre Mayor is way better, and, beside that, I don't like skyscrapers hosting banks, and, beside that, I don't like that bank to be the US bank, a major parasitic institution based on fake, albeit state-supported, money. If the building was as steady as the greenbacks it deals with, it would soon be in crumbles.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 12:58 AM   #9
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Transamerica vs Ryugyong Hotel would be an interesting comparison.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 12:59 AM   #10
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 01:33 AM   #11
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Well done Marcanadian
That's what i was asking for.
I think i'll stick to my vote...TORRE MAYOR
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 01:43 AM   #12
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The Torre Mayor building is very ordinary IMO...
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 01:59 AM   #13
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The Torre Mayor building is very ordinary IMO...
I respect your opinion.

P.D. Some documents say that US Bank Tower can support an 8.3 earthquake in the Richter scale, others say that it can support an 8.5 one. All documents say that Torre Mayor can support an 8.5 earthquake.

So maybe Torre Mayor doesn't share the Tittle of the World's Strongest Building.

Watch this stunning view. The tower also located in the most beautiful boulevard in the Americas, has a forest with a castle in front of it. This picture is BREATHTAKING AND EXTREMELY ELEGANT!!! But I think also that the US Bank Tower is beautiful.



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Old June 27th, 2006, 06:57 AM   #14
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The mexican tower is more modern and sleek.

"both can resist an 8.5 earthquake in the Richter scale; an earthquake of this magnitude would destroy completely a building of this height ."

btw, Would love to see those buildings being put to the test! Didnt' the builder of the Titanic once said: "She's unsinkable. God himself couldnt sink the ship!"
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Old June 27th, 2006, 08:31 AM   #15
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Old June 28th, 2006, 01:27 AM   #16
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The mexican tower is more modern and sleek.

"both can resist an 8.5 earthquake in the Richter scale; an earthquake of this magnitude would destroy completely a building of this height ."

btw, Would love to see those buildings being put to the test! Didnt' the builder of the Titanic once said: "She's unsinkable. God himself couldnt sink the ship!"

Well I wish it'll never happen. I would like to highlight the hardest tests for both towers.


- US Bank Tower was tested in 1994 with a 6.4 earthquake in the Richter scale.

- Torre Mayor was tested in 2003 (the year it was opened) with a 7.6 earthquake in the Richter Scale. No one fell anything inside the tower despite the extraordinary tremendous earthquake.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 07:17 AM   #17
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While the Torre Mayor is more modern it looks just like an average modern office building. If you stuck it in any other city it would blend it because it has no real unique features. US Bank Tower is a unique circular design with its most of all distincting crown its a landmark that why im going with it.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 08:55 AM   #18
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I've never really liked the US Bank tower but the other one sucks... So US Bank tower it is.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 09:05 AM   #19
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Taller one wins
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Old June 28th, 2006, 07:21 PM   #20
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The strongest tower is actually the CN Tower

- The CN Tower weighs about 117,910 metric tonnes or about the equivalent of 23,214 large elephants.

- The tower is made of 40,524 cubic metres of concrete, enough to build a sidewalk from Toronto to Kingston.

- The upper reaches of the CN Tower are built to withstand turbulent winds, with a wind resistance factor of up to 418 km/h.

-made to withstand heavy storms and an earthquake of 8.5 on the Richter scale
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