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JSa

JSª is an office created in 1996 led by architect Javier Sanchez, it began as a key office of the City´s architectural renovation. The firm's work focuses on specific architectural interventions and integrations, and architectural heritage renovation, with contemporary interventions. In 2010 JSª spans to Peru to follow up on different projects developing there.

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Interview with Javier Sanchez: “Where are the Projects? Let’s Find Them!”

09:30 - 17 October, 2017
Interview with Javier Sanchez: “Where are the Projects? Let’s Find Them!”, The 22, Lima, Peru, 2010. Image © Eduardo Hirose
The 22, Lima, Peru, 2010. Image © Eduardo Hirose

In the decade since the start of the financial crisis, there has been an explosion in the number of architectural practices that have pursued unusual and ingenious business models—among the most popular of which is the concept of the developer-architect, who serves as their own client. With his architecture firm and development company JSa, Javier Sanchez has been proving this concept since long before the financial crisis hit. In the latest interview of his City of Ideas series—and the third of his interviews with Mexican architects after Enrique NortenAlberto Kalach and  Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo—Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks to Sanchez about the benefits of working as one’s own client and how JSa leverages its business model to improve the city.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: You are often described as a developer first and an architect second. Is that accurate? How do you see yourself?

Javier Sanchez: Well, I started as a developer and I became an architect as a consequence. In fact, in the beginning, I only worked as a developer. Now about three-quarters of our projects are for other clients and only a quarter we develop ourselves. I think of development as a tool that enables me to do my architecture. This is what I learned directly from my father’s partner who, apart from heading their architecture studio, worked on small-scale development projects on his own, in partnership with investors. He was both an architect and client, which was intriguing to me. In a way, it was almost like being an artist, since artists don’t usually have clients. I like the idea that an architect can face himself and the project directly without having a client.

Carlota Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015. Image © Rafael Gamo Spanish Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico, 2012. Image © Rafael Gamo Hotel Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico, 2005. Image © Luis Gordoa Amsterdam Tower, Mexico City, Mexico, 2012. Image Courtesy of JSa + 58

The Ambitious Project that Brings Together 44 Mexican and International Architects

06:00 - 19 September, 2017
The Ambitious Project that Brings Together 44 Mexican and International Architects, © Adlai Pulido
© Adlai Pulido

In Baja California, Mexico, the 860 hectares that make up 'Cuatro Cuatros'—a tourism development that for the past ten years has been overseen and designed by Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo of Taller de Arquitectura—present an arid and mostly monochromatic landscape interrupted only by stones and bushland.

Vast as the site may seem, only 360 of its hectares will be destined for housing development, of which only 10% can be impacted by construction. The challenge will lay in mitigating the protagonistic stance architecture usually assumes when conquering previously untouched lands, by taking on a presence that disappears into the landscape. 

Durango 133 / JSa

11:00 - 26 April, 2016
Durango 133 / JSa, © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo
© LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo

© LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo + 10

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    6a.Calle de Durango 133, Roma Nte., 06700 Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architectural Design

    Javier Sánchez + Juan Reyes
  • Design Team

    JSa / Sofía Villareal
  • Project Area

    4205.2 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Carlota Hotel / JSa

11:00 - 18 April, 2016
Carlota Hotel / JSa, © Camila Cossío
© Camila Cossío

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Camila Cossío © Camila Cossío + 16

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Río Amazonas 73, Col. Renacimiento, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Architectural Design

    Javier Sánchez + Aisha Ballesteros
  • Design Team

    JSa, Laura Natividad, Dania Gutiérrez, Jimena González Sicilia, Juan Jesús Pérez, Gerardo Fonseca
  • Project Area

    1326.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

C-Q Project / JSª

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
C-Q Project / JSª, © Sandra Pereznieto
© Sandra Pereznieto

© Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miraflores, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Javier Sánchez, Irvine Torres
  • Design Team

    Francisco de la Concha, Carlos Chauca, Oscar Pita
  • Project Area

    3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

CincoMdos / JSa

00:00 - 7 August, 2014
CincoMdos / JSa, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 29

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Interior (Av. Rio Mixcoac) 73 Piso 7, Insurgentes Mixcoac, Benito Juarez, 03920 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Javier Sánchez, Juan Ignacio Reyes, Sofía Villarreal, Lucía Villers, Silvia Mejía, Francisco Martinez, Alejandro Elí
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

169 Amsterdam / JSa

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
169 Amsterdam  / JSa, Courtesy of JSa
Courtesy of JSa

Courtesy of JSa Courtesy of JSa Courtesy of JSa Courtesy of JSa + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Amsterdam 169, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc, 06100 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team and Interiors

    Javier Sanchez, Juan Reyes, Aisha Ballesteros, Ingrid Ramos
  • Project Area

    3625.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Via Cordillera / JSª + DMG Architects

01:00 - 17 January, 2014
Via Cordillera / JSª + DMG Architects, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Poniente, Residencial Las Puentes, 66460 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Javier Sánchez, Miguel de la Torre, Milton Duran, Sofia Villarreal, Rodrigo Márquez, Tomas Díaz
  • Engineering

    JSA
  • Client

    Desarrollos Delta
  • Area

    11075 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Rafael Gamo, Cortesía de JSª + DMG Arquitectos

Barranco No. 436 / JSª

01:00 - 7 July, 2013
Barranco No. 436 / JSª, © Sebastián Castillo
© Sebastián Castillo

© Sebastián Castillo © Sebastián Castillo © Sebastián Castillo © Sebastián Castillo + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barranco District, Peru
  • Team

    Javier Sánchez, Irvine Torres, Francisco de la Concha, Eduardo Zambrano
  • Area

    540.0 m2
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Sebastián Castillo

Condesa DF / JSª

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Condesa DF / JSª, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad de México, México
  • Proyect Team

    Javier Sánchez, Jorge Ambrosi, Carlos Malagon, Giovanni F. Oteiza, Juan Carral, Mario Nájera, Julien Barnabé, Patricia Aceves
  • Interior Design

    IMH, India Mahdavi Hudson
  • Structure Design

    Colinas de Buen, S.A. de C.V.
  • Illumination

    Noriegga Iluminadores Arquitectónicos, Ricardo Noriega
  • Construction

    JSª/ Javier Sánchez
  • Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Proyect Year

    2005
  • Photography

USET-OPD Tlaxcala / JSª

01:00 - 14 June, 2013
USET-OPD Tlaxcala  / JSª, © Paul Rivera - archphoto
© Paul Rivera - archphoto

© Paul Rivera - archphoto © Paul Rivera - archphoto © Paul Rivera - archphoto © Paul Rivera - archphoto + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Mexico
  • Proyect Team

    Javier Sanchez, Juan Manuel Soler, Aisha Ballesteros, Milton Duran, Gabriela Delgado
  • Proyect Executive

    Miguel de la Torre Carrillo, Cesar Brito, Zulkerine Cazares
  • Ingeneering

    Hector Margain y Asociados
  • Bioclimatic Study

    Biomah, Raúl Huitron
  • Area

    46420.0 m2
  • Proyect Year

    2011
  • Photography

Amsterdam 289 / JSª

01:00 - 11 April, 2013
Amsterdam 289 / JSª, Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura
Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura

Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Condesa, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Sofía Villarreal
  • Design Team

    Javier Sánchez, Sofía Villarreal, Juan Reyes
  • Engineering

    Hector Margain, Juan Pablo Rodríguez Orta
  • Contractor

    As yet undefined
  • Area

    15460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

Amsterdam Tower / JSa

01:00 - 12 March, 2013
Amsterdam Tower / JSa, Cortesía de JSa Architectura
Cortesía de JSa Architectura

Cortesía de JSa Architectura Cortesía de JSa Architectura Cortesía de JSa Architectura Cortesía de JSa Architectura + 22

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Av. Insurgentes 301-303, col. Hipódromo Condesa, México D.F., México
  • Design Team

    Javier Sánchez, Aisha Ballesteros, Karen Cheirif, Francisco Martínez, Juan Manuel Soler, Irvine Torres, Juan Pablo Victal, Sofía Villareal, Romelia Hernández, Ingrid Ramos, Juan Reyes
  • Area

    233 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Valna House / JSa Architecture

01:00 - 13 January, 2013
Valna House / JSa Architecture, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo + 20

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Santa Fé, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Javier Sánchez, Juan Soler, Jesús Acosta
  • Area

    581.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Tabasco 127 / JSª

00:00 - 9 July, 2012
Tabasco 127 / JSª, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          + 28

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Tabasco 127, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Javier Sánchez, Juan Ignacio Reyes, Juan Manuel Soler
  • Structural Design

    Fernando Valdivia, Héctor Margain
  • Saleable Surface

    11,810 sqf
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Nuevo Leon 113 / JSª

00:00 - 20 May, 2011
Nuevo Leon 113 / JSª, © Paúl Rivera - archphoto
© Paúl Rivera - archphoto

© Jair Navarrete © Paúl Rivera - archphoto © Jair Navarrete © Jair Navarrete + 15

  • Architects

    JSª - Javier Sánchez
  • Location

    Nuevo León 111, Río Bravo, 88900 Ciudad Río Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Aisha Ballesteros, Ingrid Ramos, Romelia Hernández, Rosario Alarcón, Cecilia Solis, Adlai Pulido, Rodrigo Langarica, Mariana Ugalde, Tomas Moreiras, Alfredo Hernández, Lenin García, Reynaldo Esperanza, Angélica Soberanes, Jorge López de Obeso,Raúl Pérez y Miguel Ángel Jiménez
  • Engineerings

    JPR proyectos / Juan Pablo Rodríguez
  • Architectural Supervision

    JSª / Ingrid Ramos, Romelia Hernández
  • Structures

    Hector Margain & Fernando Valdivia
  • Real State Development

    JSª / Javier Sánchez, Álvaro Becker, Santiago Sánchez, Fernando Valdivia
  • Construction

    JSª / Fernando Valdivia
  • Area

    1775.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Veracruz 60 / JSª

00:00 - 16 May, 2011
Veracruz 60 / JSª, © Paúl Rivera - archphoto
© Paúl Rivera - archphoto

© Pedro Hiriart © Paúl Rivera - archphoto © Paúl Rivera - archphoto © Jair Navarrete + 19

  • Architects

    JSª - Javier Sánchez
  • Location

    Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Juan Manuel Soler, Mariana Paz, Alejandro Ita, Karen Cheirif
  • Area

    14667.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

The 22 / JSª

00:00 - 13 March, 2010
The 22 / JSª, © Eduardo Hirose
© Eduardo Hirose

© Eduardo Hirose © Eduardo Hirose © Eduardo Hirose © Eduardo Hirose + 20

  • Architects

     JSª: Javier Sánchez, Irvine Torres, Juan Reyes, Héctor Hernández and Francisco de la Concha
  • Location

    Lima, Peru
  • Renders

    Gerardo Fonseca
  • Models

    Edith Razo, Isabel Medina and Anayetzi Ruiz
  • Installation Engineering

    JPR Proyectos
  • Structural Engineering JSª

    Fernando Valdivia and Sergio Barrios
  • Construction Development

    Buckle y Konno
  • Average surface area of apartments

    185 sqm
  • Area

    995.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs