Sol 25 / Proyecto Cafeína

© Patrick López Jaimes

Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
Location: Cholula, 72760 , Puebla,
Project Area: 160.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

Datri & Dasa House / [mavarq]

© Jaime Navarro

Architects: [mavarq]
Location: , Hidalgo,
Project Architect: Marco Velázquez
Associate Architect: Lorenzo Álvarez
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Hueso Restaurant / Cadena + Asociados

© Jaime Navarro

Architects: Cadena + Asociados
Location: Efraín González Luna, Guadalajara, JAL,
Project Architect: Ignacio Cadena
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

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

Courtesy of and

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.

Tower 41 / Alberto Kalach

© Yoshihiro Koitani

Architects: Alberto Kalach
Location: Avenida Constituyentes 41, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México, D.F.,
Project Architect:
Design Team: Alberto Vargas , Gabriel Mancera, Patricia Lazcano, Iván Ramírez, David Martínez
Project Area: 1820.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

PN House / ZD+A

© Yoshihiro Koitani

Architects: ZD+A
Location: Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Yuri Zagorin Alazraki
Project Area: 472 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani, Rafael Gamo

Pinar House / MO+G taller de arquitectura

© Miguel Valverde Hernández / Fabrica de Arquitectura

Architects: MO+G taller de arquitectura
Location: Zapopan, JAL,
Project Area: 535.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Miguel Valverde Hernández / Fabrica de Arquitectura, Helmer Murayama Caro / Fabrica de Arquitectura

Malinalco House / Arquitectura Alternativa

© Luis Gordoa

Architects: Arquitectura Alternativa
Location: , MEX, Mexico
Director: José Palomar Romo
Project Area: 137.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex

© Alejandro Cartagena

Architects: S-AR stación-ARquitectura, Comunidad Vivex
Location: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon,
Project Team: César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, Carlos Flores, María Sevilla
Collaborators: Alejandra Rivero, Silvia Rodríguez, Berenice Reyna
Project Area: 110.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena

Central Park First Stage / Migdal Arquitectos

© Ian Lizaranzu

Architects: Migdal Arquitectos
Location: Via Magna, , MEX, Mexico
Project Architects: Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta ()
Project Area: 55842.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Ian Lizaranzu, Luis Gordoa

Adamant / Mayer Hasbani

© Hector Velasco

Architects: Mayer Hasbani
Location: Via Atlixcayotl, Reserva Territorial Atlixcáyotl, , PUE,
Project Area: 20550 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Hector Velasco, Paul Czitron, El Hartista

El Mirador House / CC Arquitectos

© Rafael Gamo

Architects In Charge: Manuel Cervantes Céspedes, José Luis Heredia Álvarez
Location: State of ,
Design Team : Israel Caballero Campos, Deyanira Yarza Barrón, María Luisa Leal Rosales
Project Area: 459.0 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

Eucaliptos House / MO+G taller de arquitectura

© Fabrica de Arquitectura (Miguel Valverde Hernández y Helmer Murayama Caro)

Architects: MO+G taller de arquitectura
Location: Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, JAL,
Design Team: Arq. Andrés Mayorga García Rulfo, Arq. Diego González Díaz Ochoa y Arq. Leopoldo Orendain Ruiz Escoto.
Construction:
Project Area: 195.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fabrica de Arquitectura (Miguel Valverde Hernández y Helmer Murayama Caro)

Havre 69 / at103 + Reurbano

© Rafael Gamo

Architects: at103,
Location: Havre 69, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Project Architects: Francisco Pardo + Julio Amezcua ()
Design Team: Luis Guízar, Karen Burkart, Alan Orozco, José Luis Fajardo, Stephan Rasinger, Aarón Rivera
Development: Rodrigo Rivero Borrell Wheatley, Alberto Kritzler Ring, Christian Dávila, Sergio Rojas, Uriel Becker (Reurbano)
Bakery Design: Jaime Serra
Project Area: 1506.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

Innovation and Technical and Technological Transfer Park / Grupo ARKHOS

© Jorge Taboada Morón

Architects: Grupo ARKHOS
Location: Heroico Colegio Militar 4700, Nombre de Dios, 31150 , ,
Project Architects: Rubén Escobar Urrutia + Ricardo Pacheco López.
Project Area: 11990.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Jorge Taboada Morón

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.

Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

© Paul Rivera

Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Location: , Querétaro, Mexico
Architects In Charge: Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Architecture Leader: Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
Project Leader: Arq. Humberto Mendoza
Architecture Team: Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro, Juliam Silva, Andrés Muñoz
Área: 9000.0 m2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Rivera

Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos

© Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar

Architects: Rootstudio, Arquitectos Artesanos
Location: México, SAN FELIPE, 68020 , ,
Project Architects: João Boto Caeiro, Fulvio Capurso, J. J. Santibáñez
Construction: Alicia Andonegni, Alberto Campuzano, Efrain Vazquez, German Peña, Miguel Angel Garcia, Joaquin Pacheco, Edgar Cano, Aram Barrera, Jesus Aguilera, Cecilia Arenas, Silvino Garcia
Project Area: 4600.0 m2
Photographs: Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar, Fidel Ugarte