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Placemaking for a large-scale mixed-use urban district

  • 1M+

    Square Feet

  • $1.8B

    Construction Value

  • Mexico City, Mexico

    Mexico City, Mexico

Our designs create a vibrant and welcoming mixed-use commercial-retail space inspired by traditional themes.

Mexico City is one of the Americas’ oldest continually inhabited settlements, with millennia of history. Our designs for public areas of the Mitikah mixed use development, in the culturally rich Coyocan borough, reflect and celebrate the color and visual themes of the area’s history in a modern context, through vibrant materials. The scope of the project included our design of the Mitikah development’s five-level shopping center, food and beverage areas, plazas, gardens, and building entrances. Our goal was to create a sense of connection, linking diverse spaces where people can gather to socialize, be entertained, relax, and enjoy a variety of cuisine.

Guided by Mexico’s lively color palette, and visual themes from indigenous architectural and textile traditions, we wove color and form with function to create pedestrian-friendly plazas and avenues, joining commercial-retail spaces to residential and office towers. Patterns and colors inspired by Aztec culture appear and reappear, flowing along concrete walkways and retail facades. The centrepiece of Mitikah’s main plaza is a monarch butterfly-shaped pool over which hovers a sculpted hummingbird, honoring the beauty and cultural significance of these treasured Mexican pollinators.

Celebrating the uniqueness of Mexican life and culture, we are proud to play a role in placemaking in one of the world’s largest and oldest cities.

At a Glance

Pelli Clarke & Partners
Meet Our Team

Jamie Wirkler, Associate

I’m continually inspired by how places or objects can impact and affect our emotions, inspire connection, and enhance our daily lives.

Jamie Wirkler


The City Alive

Mitikah will be a premier urban neighborhood in the cultural heart of Mexico City. Designed to encourage a new way of living, it will be a place where people can gather and share experiences.

Meet Our Team

Shannon Jones, Senior Associate, Architect

If we recognize design as context for the people who use it, the result lends itself to their experience and how they activate that space.

Shannon Jones

Senior Associate, Architect

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