Liverpool Insurgentes Department Store / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Insurgentes Sur, , Federal District, Mexico
Architects In Charge: Michel Rojkind y Gerardo Salinas
Project Area: 825 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

ArchDaily Editors Select 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums

In honor of  we’ve collected twenty fascinating museums well worth visiting again. In this round up you’ll find classics – such as Bernard Tschumi Architects New Acropolis Museum and Zaha Hadid Architects‘ MAXXI Museum - as well as lesser-known gems – such as Medieval Museum, the Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead, and the Muritzeum by Wingårdhs. See all of our editors’ favorites after the break!

Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture’s Best, Tiny Projects

Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN

This post was originally published in The Architectural Review as “Size Doesn’t Matter: Big Ideas for Small Buildings.

Taschen’s latest volume draws together the architectural underdogs that, despite their minute, whimsical forms, are setting bold new trends for design.

When economies falter and construction halts, what happens to architecture? Rather than indulgent, personal projects, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. In their new volume Small: Architecture Now!, Taschen have drawn together the teahouses, cabins, saunas and dollhouses that set the trends for the small, sensitive and sustainable, with designers ranging from Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban to emerging young practices.

VIDEO: I LIKE Red

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 8, I LIKE Red, which features stARTT‘s Whatami, Carlos Martinez and Pipilotti Rist‘s City Lounge, Rojkind Arquitectos Nestlé Chocolate Museum and two other vermilion-hued projects.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world.

Next week ArchDaily will premier the ninth installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

Previous episodes in the I LIKE series:

Episode 1 – I LIKE Black
Episode 2 – I LIKE Pink
Episode 3 – I LIKE Purple
Episode 4 – I LIKE Multicolor
Episode 5 – I LIKE Blue
Episode 6 – I LIKE Yellow
Episode 7 – I LIKE Green

Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos

© Rojkind Arquitectos, photo by Paul Rivera

Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Eje 1 Poniente (Av. México-coyoacán), Xoco, Benito Juarez, 03330 , Federal District, Mexico
Founding Partner:
Partner: Gerardo Salinas
Project Team: Gerardo Villanueva, Barbara Trujillo, Alfredo Hernández, Diego Leal, Andrea León, Rodrigo Medina, Philipp Schlauch, Beatriz Zavala, Birgit Hammer, Juan Manuel Ortuño, David Stalin, Alonso de la Fuente, Rafael Cedillo, Arie Willem de Jongh, Victor Martínez, Adrian Aguilar, David Guardado
Media: Monique Rojkind, Cynthia Cardenas, Dolores Robles, Rosalba Rojas
Area: 49000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Rivera, Jaime Navarro

Chedraui Santa Fe / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Supermarket stores have become the last link in the linear and out of consumer sight “farm to fork” chain. For the new Chedraui Supermarket Store in Santa Fe, City, Rojkind Arquitectos proposes that folding the chain onto itself and bringing it into view becomes an opportunity for interactive and educational programs, connection to local markets and a place for community. The proposal comes in response to the company’s desire to launch itself into a new direction offering something more that just groceries and goods; it tries to position the brand in a new market segment not considered to date, to help establish the new sustainable direction the company is trying to achieve and to offer a unique experience to it’s consumers while giving a public space back to the city.

Mercado Roma / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Conceived as a space to house expressions of the rich contemporary and Mexican gastronomic culture, Mercado Roma gives special emphasis to the sense of community and collaboration. Designed by Rojkind Arquitectos and conceptualized by Cadena + Asoc. Concept Design, the space is created to gather selected partners and vendors so they can offer their best products. The space is also designed to favor encounters, exchanges, interactions and relationships making the experience a more meaningful one.

Dogchitecture, Inspired by “Architecture for Dogs”

Dogchitecture is an exhibit inspired by Architecture for Dogs”, a project by Japan’s Kenya Hara that sought to reinvent the doghouse and integrate it into the world of design.

10 Mexican offices took part in the initiative, including: BNKR ArquitecturaRojkind ArquitectosBroissinPRODUCTORAa-001Taller 13, PMS Arch BuroROW StudioLaboratorio Arquitectura Básica y ESOS.

Dogchitecture will be on display at Polyforum Siqueiros, in Mexico City, until August 18th, 2013. It will then travel on to other important museums in Mexico. A book about the exhibit, with photographs and descriptions of the projects, will also be made available.

More “Dogchitecture” Proposals, after the break…

AD Interviews: Michel Rojkind

While in , 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.

Michel is currently finishing the extension of the National Film Archive in Mexico City   which we are going to visit in a few days, so stay tuned for more updates on Instagram  and Facebook .

Recent projects by at ArchDaily:

Portal of Awareness / Rojkind Arquitectos

© Jaime Navarro

Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: México
Design Team: Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas
Collaborators: Arie Willem de Jongh, Alfredo Hernández
Client: Nescafé
Area: 42.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

In Progress: XXI Century National Film Archive / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Architects: Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas
Design Team: Alonso de la Fuente Obregón, Rafael Cedillo Sánchez, Phillip Schlauch, Birgit Hammer, Djurdja Milutinovic, Alfredo Hernández Soto, Rodrigo Medina, Juan Manuel Ortuño, David Stalin Vergara, Dolores Robles – Martínez Gómez,Isaac Smeke, Andrea León
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Guido Torres,

Transformadora CIEL / Rojkind Arquitectos + AGENT

© Jaime Navarro

Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos, AGENT
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Architecture Project: , Gerardo Salinas, Alberto Villarreal
Project Team: Felipe Castañeda, Isaac Smeke
Illumination: Sylumis +
Vegetation: Zona Verde Mx
Mep: Innovative Design
Client: The Coca-Cola Company
Structural Engineer: Jorge A. Cadena
Area: 500.0 sqm
Proyect Year: 2012
Photography: Jaime Navarro

As part of an ongoing collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company, Rojkind Arquitectos to- gether with AGENT worked on the design of Foro Ciel, the physical space which will house the content for the Transformadora Ciel pro- grams.

Total Scheme

Foro Ciel emerges as the vivid example of a positive transformation as its main premise. Having an unused space as a starting point (flat roof and helipad) and transforming it into a productive co-working center, surrounded by green areas, the space not only achieves functionality but also revives a corner of the city.

© Jaime Navarro

The site, reinvented with recycled materials and a series of clean technologies, acquires a green roof whose vegetation does not require irriga- tion from the grid since a rain water collecting system was installed.
Regarding the environmental impact, we took into account various aspects during design and construction to minimize environmental damage and even have a positive impact. For example, the aesthetic “industrial” project is intended to leave many elements (facilities, pipelines, etc.) So apparent to avoid using ex- tra materials finishes.

© Jaime Navarro

The customized furniture, includes inter- changeable modules that activate a flexible configuration interior where different groups are able to work in various topics and re-ar- range the layout as their work flow requires to. The shapes within the space, as well the curved windows are reminiscent of Ciel’s “double droplep” logotype and a representation of the dynamic work space it holds.

General Scheme

- Natural and LED-based lighting

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- Water-based paint for structural elements – Powder coated paint for most furniture pieces.
- The majority of furniture pieces are locally produced.

© Jaime Navarro

- Green roof including an orchad with rain water collection system.

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- Use of recycled materials and re-utilization of existing structural elements from the helipad.

- Use of low impact materials that contribute to LEED certification

- Solar panels which contribute to most of the electrical requirements of the space.

- Exposed installations to eliminate the need of unnecessary finishes.

Liverpool Department Store / Rojkind Arquitectos

© , photo by Paúl Rivera

Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Project Architects: Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas
Project Team: Joe R. Tarr, Djurdja Milutinovic, Rodrigo Medina, Philipp Schlauch, Birgit Hammer, Jose Carlos Lombana, Abhirabika Agrawal, Rosalba Rojas Chávez, Dolores Robles-Martínez Gómez, Andrea León Cruz
Client: Liverpool
Area: 30,000 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Paúl Rivera

Tori Tori Restaurant / Rojkind Arquitectos + ESRAWE Studio

© Paúl Rivera

Architectural Project: Rojkind Arquitectos + Esrawe Studio
Location: Polanco, 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 (): 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
Status: Completed
Design Date: 2009
Completion Date: 2011
Photographer: Paúl Rivera

   

Liverpool Department Store / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos / Michel Rojkind [Founding Partner], Gerardo Salinas [Partner]
Location: DF,
Project Team: Joe R. Tarr Djurdja Milutinovic Rodrigo Medina Philipp Schlauch Birgit Hammer Jose Carlos Lombana Abhirabika Agrawal Rosalba Rojas Chávez Dolores Robles – Martínez Gómez Andrea León Cruz
Landscape Consultant: Thomas Balsley Associates
Structural Engineer: EMRSA
Client: Liverpool
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Renderings: Axel Fridman

XXI Century National Film Archive / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos / , Gerardo Salinas
Location: México D.F., México
Project Area: 20,188 sqm
Renders: Rojkind Arquitectos, render by Axel Fridman

Reforma 432 Residences / Rojkind Arquitectos

© Rojkind Arquitectos

Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos / Michel Rojkind
Location: ,
Project Direction and Coordination: Grupo Elipse
Interior Design: Buddha Bar Hotels & Spas
Renderings: Rojkind Arquitectos, dbox

High Park / Rojkind Arquitectos

Exterior View / ©

-based Rojkind Arquitectos shared with us their project ‘High Park’, a 13,000 sqm mixed use building in Monterrey, Mexico. More images, a video, and the architect’s description after the break.