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In Residence: Carlos Herrera

“To build a house like this for yourself, it’s a very, very easy and very difficult task because you’re your own client, and you can do whatever you dreamt of, it has to be here, and there are no excuses to make mistakes or anything.”

In the latest installment of the In Residence series, NOWNESS goes into the home of Mexican architect Carlos Herrera in Cuernavaca, just outside Mexico City. While the house functions as a weekend residence, it was built to be lived in—as Herrera explains, it’s a place to entertain guests, and, eventually, it could be a place to retire. The single-level house follows Herrera’s simple, earth-toned design aesthetic, filled with clean lines and sharp angles. Learn more about the design and inspiration behind the house in the video above. 

Rancho Los Sauces / grupoarquitectura

  • Architects: grupoarquitectura
  • Location: Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team: Erick Rios, Héctor Ferral, Rosa López Susana López, Erick Ríos, Rafael Sánchez, Chantal Stoopen
  • Project Area: 1500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of grupoarquitectura

Courtesy of grupoarquitectura Courtesy of grupoarquitectura Courtesy of grupoarquitectura Courtesy of grupoarquitectura

Hidalga Residence / grupoarquitectura

  • Architects: grupoarquitectura
  • Location: Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Daniel Álvarez
  • Design Team: Pilar Medina, Rosa López, Susana López, Raúl Chávez, Sergio Valdés, Francisco Puente, Manuel Campos
  • Area: 900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

Renovation of México Fortius Office Building / ERREqERRE Arquitectura y Urbanismo

  • Architects: ERREqERRE Arquitectura y Urbanismo
  • Location: Avenida Río Consulado 114, 7 de Noviembre, 07840 Mexico City, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Rafael Ponce
  • Project Area: 1697.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque

Tres Picos Tower / LBR + A

  • Architects: LBR + A
  • Location: Calle Arquimedes, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Benjamín Romano
  • Design Team: Carlos Espinosa, Gerardo Galicia
  • Project Area: 3905.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Alfonso Merchand

© Alfonso Merchand © Alfonso Merchand © Alfonso Merchand © Alfonso Merchand

House with Four Courtyards / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque

LPZ House / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

Cordoba-ReUrbano Housing Building / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Antara I Corporate Building / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

  • Arquitectos: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • Location: Avenida Ejército Nacional, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Project Area: 157000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera

Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
  • Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos, Gabriela Etchegaray
  • Location: Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architects In Charge: Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas, Gabriela Etchegaray
  • Design Team: Barbara Trujillo, Gerardo Villanueva, Gerardo Reyes, Carlos Campos, Andrea León
  • Area: 1650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

Held annually since 1998, the Arquine International Architecture Competition explores important and relevant topics for society as a whole, creating a space for dialogue and promoting active participation of both national and international architects. It has become one of the best architecture ideas competitions, with over 400 teams from more than 21 countries participating last year.

This year, Arquine is asking: What could be the vocation of the [future, ex] International Airport Benito Juarez of Mexico City? Following the announcement that Mexico City’s new international airport will be constructed in Texcoco, this competition aims to generate proposals for the [future] urban zone. Comprised of a total of 746 acres, the area has the potential to become a catalyst for development and growth of the eastern part of one of the most complex and populated cities in the world.

Determining the future use of the space now occupied by the International Airport Benito Juarez in Mexico City is one of the most interesting urban development challenges worldwide. The public competition offers a way to dig into the potential use of the area and explore the possibility of creating a large green area in the eastern part of Mexico City.

Making Complex Systems Visible: “Between Geometry and Geography” Carefully Uncovers the Layers of Mexico City

I always book a window seat when flying into Mexico City. It guarantees exposing the traveler to the exhilarating immensity of the city and the valley that barely contains it: a blunt encounter of geometry and geography indeed. Braving traffic I arrive to my hotel in the historic center and the first morning, over breakfast and with those aerial images still fresh in my mind, I invariably marvel at the fact that I have just had a hot shower and that I am enjoying, as usual, excellent huevos rancheros. "How did these eggs get here?" I wonder. The thoughts quickly dissipate as one is engulfed by the many renowned attractions of Mexico City.

Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro have chosen not to be distracted. Their book, “Between Geometry and Geography: Mexico City”, is an ambitious portrait of Mexico City that avoids reading the city through the singularities of its monuments. They have produced instead a stunning graphic biography of the metropolis, focusing on the infrastructures that have shaped the city and make it function today and speculating on opportunities for future multifunctional infrastructures.

Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro

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

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.

La Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Zeller & Moye and FR-EE's "Archivo". Image Courtesy of Zeller & Moye Foster + Partners and FR-EE's design for the new Mexico City Airport. Image Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners PRODUCTORA's Auditorio Cuernavaca, with the Teopanzolco Pyramid in the background. Image Courtesy of PRODUCTORA

JAHN and ADG Unveil Mexico City’s Newest Baseball Stadium

JAHN and ADG have released designs for Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico’s new home stadium in Mexico 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. 

© JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG

CdV House / DDA Despacho de Arquitectura

  • Architects: DDA Despacho de Arquitectura
  • Location: Mexico City, 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
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa