The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño

© Roland Halbe

Architects: EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Design Team: Ezequiel Farca, Cristina Grappin, Fernanda de la Mora.
Area: 720.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Jaime Navarro

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

Held annually since 1998, the Arquine International Architecture Competition explores important and relevant topics for society as a whole, creating a space for dialogue and promoting active participation of both national and international architects. It has become one of the best architecture ideas competitions, with over 400 teams from more than 21 countries participating last year.

This year, Arquine is asking: What could be the vocation of the [future, ex] International Airport Benito Juarez of City? Following the announcement that Mexico City’s new international airport will be constructed in Texcoco, this competition aims to generate proposals for the [future] urban zone. Comprised of a total of 746 acres, the area has the potential to become a catalyst for development and growth of the eastern part of one of the most complex and populated cities in the world.

Determining the future use of the space now occupied by the International Airport Benito Juarez in is one of the most interesting urban development challenges worldwide. The public competition offers a way to dig into the potential use of the area and explore the possibility of creating a large green area in the eastern part of .

Spotlight: Félix Candela

Courtesy of

“Every work of art is an interpretation of the world, of what you are thinking; a realization of your perception which creates and attempts a different world. In the end, a work of art is merely an offering to art.”

Mexican-Spanish architect Félix Candela (Jan 27, 1910-Dec 7, 1997) was known for redefining the role of the architect in relation to structural problems, and played a crucial role in the development of new structural forms of concrete. His famous experimentation with concrete gave rise to projects like the Los Manantiales restaurant in the Xochimilco area of Mexico City and the Cosmic Rays Pavilion for the National Autonomous University of .

Learn more about Candela after the break.

Sol 25 / Proyecto Cafeína

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Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
Location: Cholula, 72760 Cholula de Rivadavia (San Pedro Cholula), , Mexico
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, , JAL, Mexico
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 Felipe Correa 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 .

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

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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: , 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: , Nuevo Leon, Mexico
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, Puebla, 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.
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, Reurbano
Location: Havre 69, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, D.F.,
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 , , Mexico
Project Architects: Rubén Escobar Urrutia + Ricardo Pacheco López.
Project Area: 11990.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Jorge Taboada Morón