Architects: PRODUCTORA - Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
Location: Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, Mexico
Collaborators: Felix Guillen, Diego Escamilla, Oscar Trejo, Iván Villegas
Built Area: 450 sqm
Client: Díaz Family
Construction: Diseño e Ingenierías EMET (Leonardo León)
Photographs: Rafael Gamo, Paul Czitrom
Architects: Ensamble Studio
Location: Mexico D.F, Mexico
Architect in Charge: Antón García- Abril
Associate Architect: Elena Pérez
Construction manager architect: Alba Cortés
Project Team: Débora Mesa, Joaquín Gallegos, Alba Beroiz, Jaime Alcayde, Cristina Moya, Juan Ruiz Antón, Tomaso Boano, Federico Letizia
Developer: SGAE – GRUPO CARSO
Project Management: INPROS
Construction Company: GRUPO PC
Structural Engineering: COLINAS DE BUEN
Project Area: 11,500 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Ensamble Studio
Richard Meier & Partners revealed today their most recent work in Mexico City. The new Mitikah Office Tower is the third project designed in Mexico by Richard Meier & Partners which will be a state-of-the-art building in the Delegacion Benito Juarez area. The tower will be part of a mixed use master plan designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and developed by IDEURBAN/IDCity from Mexico. The scheme consists of commercial space, low-rise residential buildings, and a hotel and residential tower. More images and project description after the break.
Learning from Ricardo: an unpublished recent talk with Ricardo and Victor Legorreta by Carlo Ezechieli
In memory of Ricardo Legorreta (May 7, 1931 – December 30, 2011), Carlo Ezechieli (Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Architecture Politecnico di Milano, Principal of CE-A Architects) has shared with us his story of discovering Ricardo Legorreta’s work and his recent interview with Ricardo and his son, Victor Legorreta.
The first time I came in contact with Ricardo Legorreta’s work, was back in 1998. Of course I was familiar with his name, particularly due to Kenneth Frampton’s “Critical Regionalism” writings, but I actually did not know much about his architecture. One day I happened to visit the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico D.F. which, according to my hosts, it was something that had to be seen, although none of us was really knew what architect had designed it. I was totally amazed. The entrance, an extraordinary space, was filled up by the sound and movement of an unconventional fountain that resembled the ocean waves. The interior was a huge, astounding introverted and essential translation of Pre-Hispanic monumental spaces. I was surprised to learn, later on, that this very contemporary building dated back to 1968 and was completed when Legorreta was not even 40.
I did not have many chances to meet Ricardo privately, nevertheless I believe that the few meetings we had, were sufficient to learn something really important from him in terms of ethics, approach to work and, eventually, attitude towards life in general. Ricardo Legorreta was the author of incredible works and was a great innovator exactly because he was able to move and orient himself, with complete freedom, within the coordinates of a culture and a tradition that he knew deeply and to which he felt he belonged totally. He did this always avoiding “architect’s” bizarre and unneeded brain-waves and remembering “not to take oneself too seriously”. A set of values, too often forgotten, that emerge from his narration in this interview and which finds full continuity in his son Victor. His death, last December 30, leaves a deep sense of sorrow and loss.
Continue reading for Ezechieli’s exclusive interview with Ricardo and Victor Legorreta.
Architectural Project: Rojkind Arquitectos + Esrawe Studio
Location: Polanco, Mexico City
Project Team (Rojkind Arquitectos): Tere Levy, Agustín Pereyra, Raúl Araiza, Carlos Alberto Ríos, Isaac Smeke J., Enrique F. de la Barrera, Daniela Bustamante, Daniel Hernández
Project Team (ESRAWE Studio): Ricardo Casas, Basia Pineda, Ian Castillo, Karianne Rygh, Alejandra Castelao, Jorge Bracho, Alejandro Zárate, Marcela Muñoz, Edgar Sánchez, Rodrigo L. Franco
Construction Area: 629 sqm
Design Date: 2009
Completion Date: 2011
Photographer: Paúl Rivera
Architects: Cátedra Blanca Workshop, Tec de Monterrey (professors Agustín Landa, Manuel Martínez, David Benítez and Roberto Romero; students Abelardo González, Adbel Reséndiz, Alejandro Saldaña, Alejandro Madero, Carla Celis, David Martínez, Enrique de la Concha, Lorena Darquea y Rocío López).
Location: Monterrey, México
Architectonic Supervisor: Alejandro Saldaña Perales
Constructor: ACSA Arquitectura Contructiva Saenz S.A.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 7,100 sqm
Photographs: Adrian Llaguno
Architect: CC Arquitectos / Manuel Cervantes Céspedes
Location: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Collaborators: Edson Castillo, Deyanira Yarza, Jose Luis Heredia, Hector Barroso, Adan San Juan
Construction: Hermon Sa de Cv
Work Supervision: Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / CC Arquitectos, Omar Rojas Zuniga
Landscape: Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / CC Arquitectos, Entorno / Hugo Sanchez y Tonatiuh Martinez
Interiors: Habitacion 116 / Rafael Rivera y Javier Claverie, Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / CC Arquitectos
Lighting: Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / CC Arquitectos
Structure: Mauricio Pantoja
Project Area: 9,700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani