Architects: Taller5 Arquitectos
Location: La Piedad, Michoacan, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Octavio Arreola Calleros, Elisa Lerma G. de Q, Mariano Arreola Calleros
Collaborators: René Torres Márquez, Julio Cesar Rivera Pedroza
Construction: Salvador Carrillo C
Area: 680 sqm
Photographs: Roberto Ortiz
While in Mexico City, we had the chance to visit Michel Rojkind ’s office in La Condesa to interview him and jam on his recording studio hidden in the architecture workshop. We have been big fans of Michel’s work, the result of constant investigation and iteration pushed by by the collaborative character of his studio and multiplied by Michel’s passion for architecture.
Michel is part of a fantastic new generation of Mexican architects that brings fresh ideas to a context with a strong tradition. He started his architecture studies while also being the drummer of a well known Mexican rock band, graduating from the Universidad Iberoamericana in 1994. Between 1999 and 2002 he worked with Isaac Broid and Miquel Adriá on Adriá+Broid+Rojkind Arquitectos, and he started his own studio Rojkind Arquitectos in 2002.
Since then, the firm has been on a strong path of innovation and exploration of architectural programs and building techniques, successfully translating the complex forms of these new ideas into realities that can be built with local manufacturing skills.
Michel is very good at communicating his ideas, something very important to deliver the vision he has for his projects, but he is also very good at transmitting his passion, something that anyone who has been on his lectures will agree, inspiring young architects to demonstrate that it is possible to run the kind of studio that you want to run, despite all the problems and frustrations you will face along the way.
Recent projects by Michel Rojkind at ArchDaily:
Architects: Vásquez Del Mercado Arquitectos
Location: Durango, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Jorge Vázquez del Mercado
Collaborators: Oscar Sanginés, Eduardo Hernández Guerrero, Valeria González
Structural Engineering: Francisco Hernández Corres
General Contractor: Santiago Cardosa Nevares
Client: State of Durango
Area: 87726.0 ft2
Photographs: Luis Gordoa
Architects could never explain space. When we think about space, we have only looked at its containers. As if space itself is invisible.
History has granted architecture the role of dividing up space. It manifests itself in providing lodging and orienting humankind, who inhabits this fragmented whole we call space and which is interwoven with time at a tacit and essential level.
We live in space, in these spaces, in these cities, in these fields, in these corridors, in these gardens. It is plain to see. And yet, it is not possible to quantify space or give shape to it: it is extension and connection, fact and certainty through time and movement. Space may be travelled through and narrated, experienced and actuated. Space contains and is contained, situates and signifies.
Arquine raises the question “what do we talk when we talk about space?” in order to explore the different meanings it conveys. The conference presents multi-disciplinary perspectives to redeem the value of each of these and thereby reveal the “Species of Spaces”.
The Arquine Conference Nº14 will gather important architects throughout the world discussing these matters. David Chipperfield, Atelier Bow Wow, Delugan Meissl, and Denise Scott Brown will be part of one of the most important architecture events in Latin America, taking part from March 11 to March 12 in the Teatro Metropólitan at Mexico City, Mexico.
The problem isn’t so much to find out how we have reached this point, but simply to recognize that we have reached it, that we are here. There isn’t one space, a beautiful space round about, a beautiful space all around us, there’s a whole lot of small bits of space…
More information (in Spanish) can be found here.
Architects: 4A Arquitectos
Location: Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Design Team: Ricardo Combaluzier, Enrique Duarte, William Ramírez, Josefina Rivas
Collaborators: Luis De La Rosa, Alma Villicaña, Carlos Guardián, Mariana Farfán, Julio Rosas, Aída Ordóñez, Fabián Rosas, Ricardo Combaluzier
Area: 22,600 sqm
Photographs: David Cervera, Alessandra Ortíz, Rocío Rojo
Architects: Seijo Peon Arquitectos
Location: Uaymitún, Yucatán, México
Architects: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada, Josefina Peon Puerto
Collaborators: Israel Ramírez Segura, Natalia Ávila Ortegón, Alejandra Molina Gual, Ernesto Valhuerdi Pérez, Maribel Morales Hernández, Rodolfo Pascasio Sánchez
Area: 487 sqm
Photographs: Alberto Cáceres Zenteno