Making the
greenest building
on the block

HSBC Tower, Mexico


Find out how modern office lighting is helping HSBC to achieve environmental certification


HSBC’s environmentally friendly
office building

is the first to obtain the LED certification issued by the US Green Building Council."

Customer challenge


When HSBC opens a new head office, you can be sure it will be up to date with the latest technology. For its new office in Mexico City, Philips was brought in to optimize the work environment and help the building obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

The right lighting 


The HSBC Tower is a masterpiece of contemporary classical design. Measuring 136 metres tall and containing 40,000 m2 of usable space, a building of this size would need a lot of lights. In order to achieve the LEED certification, HSBC needed the most advanced lighting technology available.


Philips had the perfect solution; energy-efficient lighting designed specifically for modern offices. In the general work areas, we created a comfortable atmosphere by installing 3,000 luminaires comprising of EFix TBS260 recessed lights and specially designed fluorescent tube optics. As well as providing refreshing, glare-free light, the fixtures have high light output with low energy consumption.


Further lighting was installed in the entrance hall, where embedded downlights with high-intensity discharge lamps create a subtle ambience. Outside, luminaires were installed at the top of the columns, with a photometric curve to ensure that the light does not extend beyond the building. In the penthouse, LED downlights were added to instil an enjoyable, warm atmosphere. All of HSBC’s environmental goals have been achieved, and the office now has pleasant, people-centred lighting.


To take advantage of natural light entering the office, the EFix TBS260 fixtures automatically dim, direct and brighten their light output according to how much artificial light is needed. This system enables a 54% saving on energy consumption.

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eco-friendly effects

The Team

HSBC Tower


Juan Carlos Jimenez


Enrica Rosellini


Maria A. Escobedo

Lighting Consultancy

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