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Huiini House / S+ diseño

  • Architects: S+ diseño
  • Location: La Primavera, Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
  • Project Architect: Sara Tamez
  • Project Area: 148.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Mito Covarrubias

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T02 / ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior

© Oscar Hernández © Oscar Hernández © Oscar Hernández © Oscar Hernández

Hill Studio House / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica

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Kindo / Anagrama

  • Architect: Anagrama
  • Location: Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
  • Collaborators: Roberto Treviño, Carla Baca, Sebastian Padilla, Andrea Benavides, Xavier Doria
  • Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Estudio Tampiquito

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RR House / Delfino Lozano

  • Architects: Delfino Lozano
  • Location: Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Project Area: 240.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: César Béjar

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Community Center San Bernabé / Pich-Aguilera Arquitectos

  • Architects: Pich-Aguilera Arquitectos
  • Location: Prol Aztlán, San Bernabé, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Pich-Aguilera Arquitectos: Felipe Pich-Aguilera, Teresa Batlle
  • Area: 3317.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jorge Taboada

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Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos' “Isla Pasion” Development in Cozumel is Inspired by Mayan Culture

Deeply intertwined with Mexican identity, Mayan culture has become a primary frame of reference when it comes to architecture in the country, with many local architects seeking to integrate Pre-Colombian, Mesoamerican ideologies with contemporary design. 

With Mayan culture as a starting point, Mexican firm Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos has designed Isla Pasión (Passion Island), a project for a new tourism development on the Caribbean island of Cozumel, located to the southeast of Mexico. The masterplan incorporates suites, stilt homes, a spa area, common areas, and a residential zone. The project originated from an understanding of the context, both architecturally and naturally, resulting in the use of natural materials, like wood and stone, as well as carrying out a reinterpretation of traditional Mayan architecture for the shape of the volumes. 

Learn more about this project, which was also a 2015 WAF finalist, after the break. 

Courtesy of Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Courtesy of Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Courtesy of Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Courtesy of Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

CEMEX Announces Winners of the XXIV Building Awards

CEMEX has announced both the international and national winners of its XXIV Building Awards during a ceremony held in Mexico City. A total of 637 projects competed in the National Edition across 13 categories, while 36 projects competing across five categories participated in the international awards.

This year’s Building Awards honor the best architecture and construction projects built during 2014 that use concrete technologies in creative and innovative ways with a focus on sustainability and social well-being.

In addition to honoring the best projects each year, CEMEX also recognizes an architect or engineer “whose contributions in the world of construction have been valuable and left great lessons to society” through the Lorenzo H. Zambrano Lifetime Achievement Award. This year Rafael Moneo was selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for “his invaluable architectural expressions and his contribution to education and construction both in Spain and abroad.”

View the 2015 Building Award Winners after the break. 

Video: Charles & Ray Eames Explore Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) honors the deceased. This video, made by Charles and Ray Eames in 1957, looks at the philosophy and origins of the Mexican holiday, presenting the folk objects and rituals associated with the celebration. Watch the short film above to learn more.

How 3 Award-Winning Projects Harnessed the Beauty and Power of Concrete

Long touted for its strength and versatility, concrete has had an integral role in construction and design as far back as the Roman times. And in recent years, concrete’s potential has reached new heights, with many companies developing innovative uses and applications for the material, ranging from concrete reinforced with bamboo to ultra-porous concrete and concrete cloth.

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Awards recognize architecture and construction projects from around the world that use concrete technologies in creative and innovative ways, with a focus on sustainable design and social well-being. We spoke with three of the architecture firms behind winning designs of the 2014 CEMEX Building Awards to see how concrete influenced their design and why they believe concrete to be an important construction material. 

Tatiana Bilbao’s $8,000 House Could Solve Mexico’s Social Housing Shortage

Centered on the theme “The State of the Art of Architecture,” the Chicago Architecture Biennial offers a look at the issues surrounding contemporary architecture around the globe. Featuring interventions from over 100 different architects from more than 30 different countries, the Biennial seeks to “demonstrate that architecture matters at any scale.”

Tatiana Bilbao’s project for the Chicago Biennial offers a solution to Mexico's affordable housing shortage. Her full-scale, Sustainable Housing prototype offers a flexible design that can respond to the different needs of each family. The house can be constructed for as little as $8,000 and up to $14,000 depending on a variety of factors including the location, the construction phase selected, and local regulations.  

View images and learn more about her prototype after the break. 

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2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced

The winners of the seventh annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces—have been announced in London. Out of over 860 entries from the United Kingdom and 70 other countries, 36 designs were awarded, with two grand prize winners.

The winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are:

LACES / CoA Arquitectura

  • Architects: CoA Arquitectura
  • Location: La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall, Avenida Ignacio L. Vallarta 3959, Don Bosco Vallarta, 45049 Zapopán, Jal., Mexico
  • Project Architects: Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina, Diana Quiroz Chávez
  • Project Area: 70.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina

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Ediciones Tecolote / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto

  • Architects: Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto
  • Location: San Miguel Chapultepec, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Construction: Lucio Núñez
  • Area: 175.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Onnis Luque

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Organized by AGMINIS, the MALL-BUSINESS-HOUSING DESIGN COMPETITION invites architecture students and recent grads from all over the world to develop a conceptual proposal for a new mixed-use complex in the city of Aguascalientes, Mexico. The complex should incorporate housing and office and commercial space, with the aim of a creating a new neighborhood center in the city. Registration is free and ends on October 21, 2015. 

See the competition rules and requirements after the break. 

B+H 45 / H. Ponce Arquitectos

  • Architects: H. Ponce Arquitectos
  • Location: 97139 Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Chief Architect: Arq. Henry Ángel Ponce Miranda
  • Design and Construction Team: HPonce Arquitectos
  • Project Area: 200.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alberto Cáceres

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