Vertiz 950 / HGR Arquitectos

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Architects: HGR Arquitectos
Location: Doctor José María Vertiz, City, Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Marcos Hagerman
Area: 3,426 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Diana Arnau

AD Classics: Los Manantiales / Felix Candela


With the design for Los Manantiales, ’s experimental form finding gave rise to an efficient, elegant, and enduring work of structural art.  Comprised of four intersecting hypars,  a strikingly thin roof surface creates a dramatic dining space.  Built as Candela was establishing an international reputation as the foremost shell building, he demonstrated to the world his masterful combination of artistry and technical virtuosity.

Mexico City Shortlists Seven Architects for Major Airport Expansion

Zagreb Airport Competition Proposal / ZHA © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster and are among seven international practices listed to compete for a 5,000 hectare expansion that hopes to “alleviate severe congestion” at the Mexico City airport. With each team led by Mexican firms, the shortlisted architects, which also include SOM, Gensler, and Teodoro González de León with Taller de Arquitectura X, have been asked to envision a 70-gate, phased expansion capable of hosting 40-million passengers per year. A schematic masterplan has been provided by Arup. Completion of the first phases is tentatively planned for 2018. 

Constituyentes Illuminated Façade / Taller David Dana Arquitectura

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Architects: Taller David Dana Arquitectura
Location: Avenida Constituyentes, City, Federal District,
Area: 798 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alessandro Bo

CR House / DAS

© Yoshihiro Koitani

Architects: DAS
Location: San Ángel, Álvaro Obregón, 01000 , Federal District, Mexico
Design Team: Gerardo Asali, Pedro Sánchez, Andrea Cruz, Jesús Ávila, Daniel Mastretta.
Project Area: 770.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photography: Yoshihiro Koitani, Rafael Gamo

VIDEO: Fernando Romero, In Residence

In Residence: Fernando Romero on

NOWNESS has released the latest in their “In Residence” series, a collection of short videos that interview designers in their homes. This time, internationally renowned Mexican Architect Fernando Romero presents his Mexico City villa, designed by Francisco Artias in 1955, which he describes as “the ultimate modernity dream come true.”

Plaza Mariana / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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Architects: FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise
Location: City, Federal District,
FR-EE Team: , Julio Gonzalez, Gabriela Bojalil, Paul Van der Voort, Guillermo Méndez, César López, Astrid Rovisco, Rodolfo Rueda, Guillermo Ramírez, Tiago Pinto de Carvalho, Juan Pedro López, Ana Medina, Estela Escudero, Paulina de Luna
Area: 68,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of FR-EE

169 Amsterdam / JSa

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Architects: JSa
Location: , Federal District,
Design Team And Interiors: Javier Sanchez, Juan Reyes, Aisha Ballesteros, Ingrid Ramos
Project Area: 3,625 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of JSa

FR43 / Alter Arquitectura

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Architects: Alter Arquitectura
Location: , Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Juan Carral
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Onnis Luque , Luis Gordoa , Courtesy of Juan Carral

Fatima House / Jorge Hernández de la Garza

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Architects: Jorge Hernández de la Garza
Location: , Federal District,
Design Team: Abraham Ornelas, Javier Pichardo, Carla Celis
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos

© , photo by Paul Rivera

Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Eje 1 Poniente (Av. México-coyoacán), Xoco, Benito Juarez, 03330 City, Federal District,
Founding Partner: Michel Rojkind
Partner: Gerardo Salinas
Project Team: Gerardo Villanueva, Barbara Trujillo, Alfredo Hernández, Diego Leal, Andrea León, Rodrigo Medina, Philipp Schlauch, Beatriz Zavala, Birgit Hammer, Juan Manuel Ortuño, David Stalin, Alonso de la Fuente, Rafael Cedillo, Arie Willem de Jongh, Victor Martínez, Adrian Aguilar, David Guardado
Media: Monique Rojkind, Cynthia Cardenas, Dolores Robles, Rosalba Rojas
Area: 49000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Rivera, Jaime Navarro

Carlos Marín and José Muñoz-Villers Claim First Prize in Mexico City Urban Planning Competition

Plaza. Image Courtesy of José Muñoz Villers Arquitectos +

A design team led by Carlos Marín and José Muñoz-Villers has claimed first prize in Mexico City’s “La Merced” competition for their masterplan proposal to re-conceive the popular marketplace, Plaza Central La Merced. The team’s design, which beat out about 100 other entries, proposed the realization of a new public square to centralize pedestrian activity and to anchor strategies for urban revitalization, such as the reclamation of local heritage sites, the careful manipulation of natural elements, and the installation of urban furniture as a means for placemaking.

Archivo: A Cultural “Exoskeleton” for Mexico City by Zeller & Moye

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To be completed in 2016, ‘Archivo’ is an open space designed by Zeller & Moye in collaboration with FR-EE that will house a vibrant mix of cultural/design activities, with each floor given a different function. Designed as an “exoskeleton” that opens to its context, ‘Archivo’ aims to enrich the cultural and social life of .

More on the project after the jump.

The City of the Books and the Images / Taller 6A

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Location: Plaza de La Ciudadela, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, City, Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta, Alejandro Sánchez
Area: 25,450 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jaime Navarro, Courtesy of Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta

Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico

Reforma Towers. Image © Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled the “Reforma Towers,” a 40-story, mixed use development planned for City’s historic Paseo de la Reforma. Comprised of two high-rise towers, clad in Meier’s signature white concrete, the new development will bring high end office, hotel, and retail space, as well as restaurants and a fitness center to the city’s distinguished Boulevard upon completion in 2015. 

Siqueiros Public Art Gallery / arquitectura 911sc + Esrawe

© Rafael Gamo

Architects: arquitectura 911sc, Esrawe
Location: 3 Picos 29, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11550 , Federal District, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Saidee Springall del Villar, Jose Castillo Oléa, Héctor Esrawe
Design Team: Iván Cervantes, Arturo Carreón
Area: 75.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Rafael Gamo, Moritz Bernoully

Cervantes Theater / Ensamble Studio

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Architects: Ensamble Studio
Location: City, Federal District,
Author Of The Project: Antón García- Abril
Associate Architect: Elena Pérez, Alba Cortés
Area: 11,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Courtesy of  Ensamble Studio

Hegel 516 / FRB Arquitectura

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Architects: FRB Arquitectura
Location: Polanco, , Federal District,
Architect In Charge: FRB Arquitectura
Area: 1,400 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kika Studio, Jorge Hernandez de la Garza