The British Council recently announced that London-based practice Carmody Groarke have been selected to design the UK pavilion at the 2015 Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico. The organisers of the international event, which is the largest literary festival in the Spanish speaking world, have chosen the UK to be this year’s “Guest of Honour” as part of a bilateral initiative launched to “build, strengthen and celebrate the growing connections” between the two countries.
Architects: Trama Arquitectos
Location: Americana, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
Architectural Project: Jaime Castiello Chávez, Héctor Santana, Edgardo Sandoval, Carlos Haro, Jorge Ignacio Gutiérrez, Livier Miramontes, Héctor Lozano, Mario Rodríguez, Beatriz Orozco, Carmen Espinosa, Manuel Haro, Jaime Castiello Gómez Verea, Fernando Castiello, Miguel Martínez, Hugo Yáñez Ochoa, Susana Cortés, Juan Carlos Barriga
Area: 875.0 sqm
Photographs: Mito Covarrubias, Courtesy of Trama Arquitectos
Architects: Elías Rizo Architects
Location: Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
Collaborators: Jenny Mora, Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Juan Antonio Avelar, Andrea Zúñiga, Daniela Valdez, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
Structural Engineering: LOES Ingenieros
Electrical: CG Engineering
Air Conditioning: Airesistemas
Area: 7279.0 sqm
Photographs: Marcos García
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