The Mexican Moment: The Rise of Architecture’s Latest Design Capital

Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo

On a recent trip abroad, architect and urban planner José Castillo was struck by a conversation with Mexico’s tourism attaché in Asia. Mexican tourism, the attaché remarked, has changed; it was the ancient pyramids and sandy beaches of the country that once drew visitors to it. Today however, architecture and design—and food—prevail.

The issue of food may be of little wonder. Mexican cuisine has indeed become more popular than ever in both the high and low ends of the culinary spectrum, and food in general is not only what one eats for dinner but also a hobby and an obsessive conversation topic. Yet for local design to come to the same level of acclaim and reputation is, at any rate, quite astonishing. It may be, though, that food and architecture are not so far apart. These are both highly creative and productive professions, as well as ones with a rich history, a theory, and many layers of tradition.

JAHN and ADG Unveil Mexico City’s Newest Baseball Stadium

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JAHN and ADG have released designs for Los Diablos Rojos del ’s new home stadium in City. Scheduled to open in the city’s Magdalena Mixhuca sports complex in 2017, the 13000-seat “Estadio Diablos” will feature a “monumental lightweight” roof structure that resembles Diablos’ trident. 

“Indicative of the sky, the roof design is sharp, translucent, luminous and dynamic,” says JAHN. “Composed of lightweight steel wrapped in PTFE textile material, the roof will become an iconic symbol for the great City of Mexico.”

More on the stadium’s design, after the break. 

CdV House / DDA Despacho de Arquitectura

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Architects: DDA Despacho de Arquitectura
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Omar Rendón, José Luis López de la C.
Project Team: Artemio García Diaz
Translation: Pilar IslasE
Area: 356.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Cicerón 406 / JVC Arq

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Architects: JVC arq
Location: Cicerón 406, Polanco, 11550 , Federal District,
Architectural Design: José Vigil Carvallo, Juan Carlos Pérez Zamora
Structural Design: Octavio Barón Luna
Construction: Marco Vigil Carvallo
Facade Screens Design: Ariel Rojo
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Transforming Urban Mobility Through “Data Donors”

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Every two years Audi hosts the Audi Urban Future Award (AUFA), which challenges cities from different parts of the world to investigate future mobility trends and come up with innovative solutions. This year AUFA selected Mexico City, Boston, Berlin and Seoul to participate in the challenge and respond to the question: how will data shape mobility in the megacities of the future? These four groups were asked to create a vision for how their city could use data in a strategic way, taking into consideration innovative energy solutions, sustainability, feasibility and the potential for their ideas to be implemented in other cities.

’s team took home first place with their “operative system for urban mobility,” which centered around a data platform that cities can use to structure their urban traffic planning. Their system was also based around the idea that citizens themselves can become “data donors” and use the system to make informed decisions on how they move about the city. The team was comprised of architect and urbanist José Castillo, researcher Carlos Gershenson and the city government’s experimental lab “Laboratorio para la Ciudad.”

Learn more about the winning project after the break.

Santa Catarina House / Ludens

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Architects: Ludens
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Architecture: Iván Hernández
Design Team: Tiago Pinto + Anna Mieszek + Antonio García + Juan Vázquez
Project Area: 300.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Angélica Ibarra, Courtesy of Briefcase

CEMEX Unveils Winners of the XXIII Building Awards

has announced both the international and national winners of the XXIII Building Awards, which aim to recognize the best architecture and construction both internationally and within Mexico. All projects were reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of some of the most important and prestigious representatives of the industry at an international level.

The international awards recognizing housing, institutional/industrial and large-scale infrastructure projects that were built during 2013 and stand out for their constructive solutions, aesthetics and innovative techniques. Finalist projects ranged from Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama to Plan B Arquitectos’ Click Clack Hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, covering a range of countries and architectural styles.

The CEMEX Building Award is itself a unique piece of art created by Mexican sculptor Miguel Angel Gonzalez and made out of black marble and concrete.

Read on after the break for both the international and national winners…

Liverpool Insurgentes Department Store / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Insurgentes Sur, City, Federal District,
Architects In Charge: Michel Rojkind y Gerardo Salinas
Project Area: 825 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World’s Megacities

Tokyo remains the world’s largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world’s other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled “The Age of Megacities” and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

Reforma Diana Corporate Building / Arditti + RDT arquitectos

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Architects: Arditti + RDT arquitectos
Location: Paseo de la Reforma, , Federal District,
Area: 33800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos

Tres Picos 97 / D+S Arquitectos

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Architects: D+S Arquitectos
Location: Tres Picos, Polanco, 11550 , Federal District,
Project Area: 450.0 m2
Photographs: Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos

JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport

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Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, chief designer and president of JAHN, has shared with us his net-zero design proposal for the new Mexico City International Airport competition. Similar to the Norman Foster and Fernando Romero’s winning design, JAHN’s proposal is a symbiotic blend of sensitive cultural meaning and powerful energy efficiency. As per competition requirements to pair an international firm with a Mexican firm, the project was the result of a collaboration with local architects Francisco Lopez-Guerra of LOGUER and Alonso de Garay of .

VIDEO: Time-Lapse Through FR-EE’s Museo Soumaya

German photographer Yannick Wegner has shared with us his latest time-lapse exploration through the Museo Soumaya. Designed by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, the 150-foot structure has become iconic in ’s Polanco district due to its sculptural physique and scale-like skin of 16,000 mirrored steel hexagonal tiles.

Stills of the museum, after the break…

MR299 / HGR Arquitectos

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Architects: HGR Arquitectos
Location: Calle Matías Romero, Vertiz Narvarte, , Federal District, Mexico
Architect: Marcos Hagerman
Project Area: 1835.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Diana Arnau

Casa Sierra Leona / José Juan Rivera Río

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Architects:
Location: Sierra Leona, Lomas de Chapultepec, 11000 , Federal District, Mexico
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nasser Malek Hernández

New Details Released of Norman Foster and Fernando Romero’s Designs for Mexico City’s New Airport

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Yesterday, a consortium led by Foster + Partners and Fernando Romero of FR-EE were announced as the winners of the competition for the design of Mexico City‘s new international . Designed in conjunction with a masterplan developed by Arup, the airport will initially include three runways, but is designed to expand to up to six runways by 2062, all served by the single terminal building.

One of the world’s largest airport terminals at 555,000 square meters, the building is enclosed by a single, continuous lightweight gridshell, the largest of this type of structure ever built with spans reaching up to 170 meters. By utilizing a single airport terminal, passengers will not need to travel on internal train services or underground tunnels, and the design of the building ensures shorter walking distances and few changes of level, all making for a more relaxing experience for users.

The building is designed to be the world’s most sustainable airport, with the single lightweight shell using far less material than a cluster of buildings, and cooling and ventilation strategies that require little to no mechanical assistance for most of the year.

More details of the design after the break

Grupo CP / SPACE

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Architects: SPACE
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Gabriel Téllez Galindo
Area: 4800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrenorama, Paul Czitrom

Kínder Monte Sinaí / LBR + A

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Architects:
Location: Loma de la Palma 133, Lomas de Vista Hermosa, 05100 , Federal District, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Julieta Boy, Aby Helfon, José Luis Martin, Mariana Mercado
Area: 3755.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alfonso Merchand