Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Very different from its beachfront counterpart, the W Santa Fe is located in Liberty Plaza, one of Mexico City’s first LEED-certified developments. The 132-room hotel, expected to open in 2013, occupies one tower in a three-tower mixed-use complex. It was while designing the W Santa Fe that Meier’s office won the commission for Kanai. “Everyone thought it would be nice to have the same team working on the two very different projects for the same developer,” Yeon says.