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

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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 . 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

Viñedo DeCote / Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

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Architects: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos
Location: , Querétaro,
Architect In Charge: Juan Pablo Serrano Orozco, Rafael Monjaraz Fuentes
Builder: CONVIVE
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Grupo CP / SPACE

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

Kínder Monte Sinaí / LBR + A

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

Penthouse Plata / Greenfield

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Architects: Greenfield
Location: San Pedro, Nuevo Leon,
Design Team: Kenji Rivera, Samuel Contreras, Alain Navar, Julia Briones, Dolores Maximino, Antonio Flores, Marisol Barrios.
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Documentación Arquitectónica – Adrián Llaguno , Courtesy of

Intersybarite Gourmet Store / Arquitectura Sistémica

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

Pino Street House / Oscar Gutiérrez

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Location: Jalisco,
Area: 165.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Vanessa Guízar

Magma Towers / GLR arquitectos

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Architects: GLR arquitectos
Location: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon,
Architect In Charge: Gilberto L. Rodríguez
Area: 38450.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jorge Taboada

CincoMdos / JSa

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

Conservatory / Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos

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Architects: Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos
Location: 54240 , State of Mexico, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Lorenzo Alvarez, Karmina Miranda
Year: 2014
Photographs: Onnis Luque

C+G House / Plastik Arquitectos

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Architects: Plastik Arquitectos
Location: Aguascalientes,
Architect In Charge: Gerardo Carrera Escobar, Eduardo Arellano Garcia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Oscar Hernández

Jalisco Federal Judicial City / TACHER Arquitectos

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Architects: TACHER Arquitectos
Location: , JAL, Mexico
Project Architect: Arq. Alberto Tacher, Arq. Sara Tamez, Arq. Oswin Guzmán
Design Team: Arq. Daniel Zepeda, Arq. Mónica Rivera, Arq. Jessica Tirado
Project Area: 149,727 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Mito Covarrubias, Gerardo Cárdenas, Alejandro Fournier

Super Alloys / WAM Arquitectos

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Architects: WAM Arquitectos
Location: Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon,
Project Architects: Roberto Romero, Tania Coronado, Rocío González
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrián Llaguno

Condemned to be Modern: Inside Mexico’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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’s pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale is centered on Octavio Paz’s reflections on the contraposition between tradition and modernity. Echoing the request from Rem Koolhaas that the national pavilions focus on the theme Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014, Paz’s writings establish that “…modernity, for the last one hundred years has been our style. It is the universal style. Wanting to be modern seems like madness, we are condemned to be modern.”

Architects Julio Gaeta and Luby Springall use this reflection as the starting point for their curatorial project, designing the pavilion to show two story paths: one traditional and one modern. This concept is executed through the selection of works emblematic of Mexican modernity juxtaposed with works, events and interviews that influence architecture.

Check out photos from the pavilion along with the official text from the curators after the break.

Aguazul 162 / Laboratorio de Arquitectura [mk]

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Architects: Laboratorio de Arquitectura [mk]
Location: Avenida , Santa Rosa Jáuregui, , Querétaro,
Project Architects: Ana Martin, Juan Carlos Kelly, Paulina Moreno
Project Area: 220 sqm
Photographs: Diego Cosme

Terrace-House in El Limón / Villar Watty Arquitectos

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Architects: Villar Watty Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Project Architects: Gerardo Villar Watty y Alberto Villar Watty
Design Team: Daniel Villanueva, Paola García
Project Area: 263 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Diego Serratos

Puerto Vallarta Seafront / Trama Arquitectos

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Architects: Trama Arquitectos
Location: , JAL,
Architect In Charge: Jaime Castiello, Héctor Santana, Edgardo Sandoval y Carlos Haro
Co Workers: Livier Miramontes, Manuel Haro, Carmen Espinosa, Jorge Ignacio Gutiérrez, Jaime Castiello Gómez Verea, Fernando Castiello, Carlos Rodríguez, Miguel Martínez, Héctor Lozano, Beatriz Orozco, Mario Rodríguez, Hugo Yáñez, Susana Cortés, Juan Carlos Barriga
Landscape: West8 urban design & landscape architecture + Estudio 3.14
Urban Furniture: West8 urban design & Estudio 3.14
Structural: Constructora Cautín S.A. de C.V., Ing. Roberto Dávalos
Construction: Géminis Internacional S.A. de C.V., Vifeg S.A. de C.V. y Duo S.A de C.V
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena

Zacatitos 04 / Campos Leckie Studio

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Architects: Campos Leckie Studio
Location: ,
Area: 2,400 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Sinal