Innovation and Technical and Technological Transfer Park / Grupo ARKHOS

© Jorge Taboada Morón

Architects: Grupo ARKHOS
Location: Heroico Colegio Militar 4700, Nombre de Dios, 31150 , , Mexico
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

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Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Location: Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro,
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

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 Mexico’s new home stadium in . 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. 

EGL1916 / Alvaro Moragrega arquitecto

© Jaime Navarro

Architects: Alvaro Moragrega arquitecto
Location: , JAL,
Area: 1320.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

CdV House / DDA Despacho de Arquitectura

© Luis Gordoa

Architects: DDA Despacho de Arquitectura
Location: , Federal District,
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

US, Canada and Mexico Agree to Recognize Architect Credentials

New York-based architect Richard Meier’s 180-meter “Reforma Tower” planned for City (click image for more)

A tri-national agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico will now allow architects to work across borders in North America. As reported by the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), in conjunction with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities () and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM), representatives from the architectural regulatory authorities in all three countries have agreed to mutually recognize architect credentials.

Cicerón 406 / JVC Arq

© Luis Gordoa

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

La Tomatina House / Plastik Arquitectos

© Oscar Hernández

Architects: Plastik Arquitectos
Location: Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes,
Project Architects: Gerardo Carrera Escobar y Eduardo Arellano Garcia
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Oscar Hernández

P House / Cherem Arquitectos

© Enrique Macías

Architects: Cherem Arquitectos
Location: Isla del Lago, Bosque Real Country Club, 52770 , State of Mexico, Mexico
Project Architect: Arq. Abraham Cherem
Design Team: Arq. Miguel Bravo
Project Area: 780.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Enrique Macías

CR House / CoA Arquitectura

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Architects: CoA Arquitectura
Location: , JAL,
Project Area: 413.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina / Fábrica de arquitectura

Casa de las Ideas Library / CROstudio

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Project Architects: CROstudio
Location: Popocatépetl, Camino Verde, 22190 , Baja California,
Project Architects: Adriana Cuellar, Marcel Sánchez
Collaborators: Gabriela Bendeck, Arturo González, Joseph Ruiz Tapia
Structural Engineering: Fernando Arroyo
Construction: Grupo LARC Walter López Arce, Berta Sánchez Rabago
Project Area: 220.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: CROstudio

HDJ75 / T38 studio

© Alfredo Zertuche

Architects: T38 studio
Location: , Baja California, Mexico
Area: 290.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alfredo Zertuche

Santa Catarina House / Ludens

© Angélica Ibarra

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

Commercial Spaces in Ordaz / T3arc

© Luis Gordoa

Architects: T3arc
Location: Cuernavaca, Morelos,
Project Architects: , Alfredo Cano Briceño
Construction: T3arc, Alberto Campos
Structures: Alejandro Solano
Project Area: 440.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

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…

Emerging Voices: Estudio Macías Peredo

Estudio Macías Peredo is led by Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas and is based in , Mexico. In their lecture as one of the winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, Corona and Arenas reveal the ways in which the local conditions and building traditions of their country have become creative drivers for their contemporary practice of architecture. They have a shared interest in primitive buildings, seeking to incorporate some of the inherent abstract qualities of primitive structures in ways that address contemporary issues.