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Manuel Zornoza of LATITUDE: "We Were Fascinated by this Idea - How do You Build a City from Scratch?"

09:30 - 22 August, 2018
Manuel Zornoza of LATITUDE: "We Were Fascinated by this Idea - How do You Build a City from Scratch?", © Hector Peinador. Image Courtesy of LATITUDE
© Hector Peinador. Image Courtesy of LATITUDE

Manuel N. Zornoza grew up in Alicante, Spain and, following studies in Madrid (UAX) and London (the AA), relocated to China in 2010 to avoid the economic crisis stifling architectural work in his home country. Over the last eight years, the young architect’s small but thriving studio has built more than a dozen projects, from shops, to factory space conversions, to a traditional Chinese hutong - all in China. But that’s not to say Zornoza’s left his roots behind. He now also maintains a small practice in Madrid, which handles projects in both China and Spain.

This interview was conducted on a bullet train ride from Beijing to Tianjin, where we ventured in search of the recent architecture that has brought so much media attention to this emerging metropolis.

Courtesy of LATITUDE © Shannon Fagan. Image Courtesy of LATITUDE Courtesy of LATITUDE Courtesy of LATITUDE + 17

Hopson Showroom / LATITUDE

02:00 - 11 September, 2017
Hopson Showroom / LATITUDE, © Hector Peinador
© Hector Peinador

© Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador + 24

MeePark / LATITUDE

21:00 - 30 December, 2016
MeePark / LATITUDE, © Hector Peinador
© Hector Peinador

© Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Principal Architect

    Manuel N. Zornoza
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Cortés de Castro, Andrea Ramos Rodriguez
  • Area

    700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Dongli Brewery / LATITUDE

19:00 - 8 September, 2016
Dongli Brewery / LATITUDE, © Youtao Cao
© Youtao Cao

© Youtao Cao © Youtao Cao © Youtao Cao © Youtao Cao + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Principal Architect

    Manuel N. Zornoza
  • Project Architect

    Jorge Cortés de Castro
  • Team

    Manuel Coves Botella, Lucía Bravo Guinea, Zhang Wen
  • Client

    Beijing Pengyouquan coffee (Beijing) Co., Ltd
  • Budget

    140,000€
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Original Life Market / LATITUDE

19:00 - 29 December, 2015
Original Life Market / LATITUDE, © Shannon Fagan
© Shannon Fagan

© Shannon Fagan © Shannon Fagan © Shannon Fagan © Shannon Fagan + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Principal Architect

    Manuel N. Zornoza
  • Team

    Andrea Ramos Rodriguez, Bo Liu, Jorge Cortes de Castro, Lisa Bai, Lucia Bravo Guinea
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015