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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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30 Years After Luis Barragán: 30 Architects Share Their Favorite Works

06:00 - 9 December, 2018
30 Years After Luis Barragán: 30 Architects Share Their Favorite Works, Los Clubes - Cuadra San Cristóbal y Fuente de los Amantes / Luis Barragán. Image © Rodrigo Flores
Los Clubes - Cuadra San Cristóbal y Fuente de los Amantes / Luis Barragán. Image © Rodrigo Flores

Torres de Satélite / Luis Barragán + Mathias Goeritz. Image © Rodrigo Flores Casa Barragán. Image © Rodrigo Flores Casa Gilardi / Luis Barragán. Image © Eduardo Luque Casa Gilardi / Luis Barragán. Image © Eduardo Luque + 16

On November 22, 1988, one of the most important and revered figures in the history of Mexican and international architecture died in Mexico City. Luis Barragán Morfín, born in Guadalajara and trained as a civil engineer left behind an extensive legacy of published works, conferences, buildings, houses, and gardens that remain relevant to this day. While Barragán was known for his far-reaching research in customs and traditions, above all, the architect spent his life in contemplation. His sensitivity to the world and continued effort to rewrite the mundane has made him a lasting figure in Mexico, and the world.

Undoubtedly, Luis Barragán's legacy represents something so complex and timeless that it continues to inspire and surprise architects across generations. It is because of this that, 30 years after his death, we've compiled this series of testimonies from some of Mexico's most prominent contemporary architects, allowing them to reflect on their favorites of Barragan's works and share just how his work has impacted and inspired theirs. 

A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Cuernavaca, Mexico

06:00 - 2 December, 2018
A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Cuernavaca, Mexico, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

Cuernavaca, located just a few hours from Mexico City, is one of the most visited places in the country thanks to its history, weather, and architecture. The city has eleven declared historical sites, such as the Cortés Palace, the Cuernavaca Cathedral, the Borda Garden, the Calvario Spire, Teopanzolco, Chapultepec Nature Park, the Cuernavaca Kite, and the Hotel Casino de la Selva, among others. For the past few years, Cuernavaca has experienced a boom in contemporary architecture, starting with the Tallera building which was built in 2010 by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. The project gave life to the Siqueiros murals and all the history behind them.

© Rodrigo Flores © Rodrigo Flores © Rodrigo Flores © Rodrigo Flores + 44

María Ribera Dwellings / JSa

11:00 - 10 September, 2018
María Ribera Dwellings / JSa , © Luis Gallardo
© Luis Gallardo

© Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo + 16

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Nogal 187, Sta María la Ribera, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
  • Author Architects

    Javier Sánchez, Benedikt Fahlbusch
  • Design Team

    Milton Durán, José Barreto, Tadeo Ángeles, Francisco Martínez
  • Area

    31000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

21 Examples of Brise Soleils in Mexico and Its Diverse Applications

08:00 - 2 July, 2018
21 Examples of Brise Soleils in Mexico and Its Diverse Applications

Estudio Iturbide / Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image Cortesía de Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo Vivienda en Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque Juzgados Oral-Penal en Pátzcuaro / Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo La Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo + 22

The brise soleil is an architectural element that has been used since ancient times to create subtle barriers between the interior and the exterior. Its use and design have been diversified over the years through the research and technology with which these elements are applied, creating the ability to build a small window to a complete facade and pavilion that seem to float.

We know that Mexico is a country with one of the most diverse climates, thus the use of a brise soleil is positioned stronger within the guild. Also, rural areas have long adapted the feature in Mexico, demonstrating its beauty and usefulness. Read on for our collection of 21 brise soleil features in Mexican projects to inspire you with its diverse applications.

Pujol / JSa

11:00 - 17 May, 2018
Pujol / JSa, © Luis Gallardo - LGM Studio
© Luis Gallardo - LGM Studio

© Luis Gallardo - LGM Studio © Luis Gallardo - LGM Studio © Luis Gallardo - LGM Studio © Rafael Gamo + 16

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Tennyson 133, Polanco, Mexico City
  • Lead Architects

    Javier Sánchez + Aisha Ballesteros + Micaela de Bernardi
  • Design Team

    Selene García, Alma Caballero, Mario I. Gudiño, Andrea Garín, Laura Natividad
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Juan Soriano Cultural Center and Museum / JSa

15:00 - 8 May, 2018
Juan Soriano Cultural Center and Museum / JSa, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 15

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Amatitlán, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Architects Authors

    Javier Sánchez + Aisha Ballesteros
  • Design Team

    Jorge González, Gabriel Martínez, Santiago Arroyo, Juan Jesús Pérez, Ana Castillo, Marie Florence, Alfredo Aguilar, Alejandra Medina, Selene García, Iraiz Corona, Dante García, Francisco Martínez, Dania Gutiérrez, César Cruz, Christopher Vargas, María del Pino, Israel Silva.
  • Area

    5100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

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 Norten, Alberto 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

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  • 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