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Santa Catarina House / Ludens

  • Architects: Ludens
  • Location: Mexico City, 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

© Angélica Ibarra © Angélica Ibarra © Angélica Ibarra © Angélica Ibarra

CEMEX Unveils Winners of the XXIII Building Awards

CEMEX 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…

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World's Megacities

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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Tres Picos 97 / D+S Arquitectos

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

Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos

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

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 ADG

Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN

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 Mexico City’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

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

© Diana Arnau © Diana Arnau © Diana Arnau © Diana Arnau

Casa Sierra Leona / José Juan Rivera Río

© Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández

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

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 airport. 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.

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

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 airport. 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

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

© Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom

Kínder Monte Sinaí / LBR + A

© Alfonso Merchand
© Alfonso Merchand
  • Architects: LBR + A
  • Location: Loma de la Palma 133, Lomas de Vista Hermosa, 05100 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Benjamín Romano
  • Collaborators: Julieta Boy, Aby Helfon, José Luis Martin, Mariana Mercado
  • Area: 3755.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alfonso Merchand

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

Intersybarite Gourmet Store / Arquitectura Sistémica

  • Architects: Arquitectura Sistémica
  • Location: Mariano Escobedo, Polanco, Mexico City, 11550 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team: Samantha Mendoza, Juan Garay, Antonio Peña
  • Area: 35.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Rafael Gamo, Courtesy of Arquitectura Sistémica

© Rafael Gamo Courtesy of Arquitectura Sistémica © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

CincoMdos / JSa

  • Architects: JSa
  • Location: Interior (Av. Rio Mixcoac) 73 Piso 7, Insurgentes Mixcoac, Benito Juarez, 03920 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Juan Ignacio Reyes, Sofía Villarreal, Lucía Villers, Silvia Mejía, Francisco Martinez, Alejandro Elí
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

Hegel Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

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

Apartment in Bosques de las Lomas / Taller David Dana Arquitectura

© Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo