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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. 

© Enrique Macias Courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao Courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao © Enrique Macias

Redefining Context with Tatiana Bilbao

The simple concrete-hewn structures designed by Tatiana Bilbao acknowledge their context in a way that most buildings don't. In a recent interview with uncube Magazine, Bilbao explains how her outlook on design shifted after she realized that "the quality of architecture relies heavily on the people who build it and what techniques and materials they are used to." And it seems this novel approach hasn't gone unnoticed - she recently showed her work at Berlin's Architekturgalerie and is on a star-studded shortlist to design the Menil Drawing Institute. Read the full interview here

Ruta del Peregrino Phase II Completed

Sneak Peek © Iwan Baan
Sneak Peek © Iwan Baan

Looking back at the Easter Pilgrimage 2011 at Ruta del Peregrino, the most important event of the year, we are pleased to announce the final step of the second construction phase (you can check the complete project over here).

This year, for the first time, the pilgrims were able to use the finished viewpoint by HHF Architects, offering a new way to experience the site.

The sanctuary by Tatiana Bilbao and the viewpoint by Christ&Gantenbein are under construction; their presence will mark the completion of the entire Ruta within a few months.

All images by Iwan Baan and you can check his website for the full coverage.

Expo Zaragoza Pavilion / Tatiana Bilbao

  • Architects: Tatiana Bilbao
  • Location: Saragossa, Aragon, Spain
  • Architect: Tatiana Bilbao
  • Design Team: Tatiana Bilbao con Mariana Tello, Francisco Solórzano & Thorsten Englert
  • Interior Design: Esrawe Studio / Héctor Esrawe con Ricardo Casas , Alain Herrera, Marcela Compean, Ian Castillo, Diego Hernández
  • Structural Engineering: Juan F. de la Torre Calvo
  • Artistic Intervention: Marco Roundtree, Jerónimo Hagerman
  • Contractor: OHL
  • Installations: AT Asesores / Carlos Martínez

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Esplanada Studio / at103 + Tatiana Bilbao

  • Architects: at103, Tatiana Bilbao
  • Location: Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Architect: Tatiana Bilbao & at103
  • Design Team: Tatiana Bilbao S.C. with Francisco Pardo, Julio Amezcua, Israel Alvarez, Aida Hurtado, Arturo Peniche, Jorge Vazquez, Carlos Leguizamo y Octavio Vazquez
  • Structural Engineering: IESSA, Ing. Francisco Javier Ribe
  • Contractor: MZM, Ing. Miguel Cornejo
  • Construction Management: Elizabeth Huerta
  • Budget: US $2.75 M
  • Area: 2430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006

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