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“Architecture Should be About What It Can Do, Not What it Can Look Like”: In Conversation with Michel Rojkind

07:00 - 6 February, 2019
“Architecture Should be About What It Can Do, Not What it Can Look Like”: In Conversation with Michel Rojkind, Nestle Application Group / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Paul Rivera
Nestle Application Group / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Paul Rivera

Born in 1969 in Mexico City, Michel Rojkind was educated in the 1990s at the Universidad Iberoamericana, while also performing as a drummer in Aleks Syntek’s popular rock band la Gente Normal. He opened his practice Rojkind Arquitectos in 2002. Among his most representative built works are Foro Boca for the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra in Veracruz, a newly expanded film complex Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City, a pair of factory additions for the Nestlé Company in Queretaro, and the Nestlé Chocolate Museum in Toluca, all in Mexico. We spoke about how his architecture engages with people, why architects should assume roles that extend beyond architecture, and the importance of generosity and not worrying about designing everything 100%.

The following excerpt from my interview with Rojkind completes a series of conversations that I conducted in Mexico City while preparing my exhibition “Something Other than a Narrative” from the Architects’ Voices and Visions series at Facultad de Arquitectura Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM.

Cineteca Nacional / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Jaime Navarro Foro Boca / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Jaime Navarro Tori Tori Restaurant / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Paul Rivera Nestle Chocolate Museum / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Paul Rivera + 27

Kumoto / Esrawe Studio + Rojkind Arquitectos

15:00 - 4 September, 2018
Kumoto / Esrawe Studio + Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Monte Everest 635, Lomas de Chapultepec V Secc, 11000, CDMX, Mexico
  • Category

  • Design

    Esrawe Studio + Rojkind Arquitectos
  • Concept

    Héctor Esrawe, Michel Rojkind
  • Coordination

    Javier García-Rivera, Jorge Mdahuar
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

reSITE 2018: ACCOMMODATE

03:00 - 25 May, 2018
reSITE 2018: ACCOMMODATE

Sou FujimotoMichel RojkindJeanne GangAssemble, MINI Living, Airbnb, WeWork/WeLive and OMA’s Reinier de Graaf are among the confirmed speakers at reSITE 2018 ACCOMMODATE, one of Europe’s top annual international forums showcasing top solutions for cities and attended by the region’s top design, business, and civic leaders, happening in Prague.

Inside the Rock 'n' Roll Life of Mexican Architect Michel Rojkind

09:30 - 20 January, 2018

Today, Michel Rojkind is widely known as one of Mexico's most successful, and at times flamboyant, architects of the 21st century. But in spite of his success, his path to architecture was never straightforward; before founding Rojkind Arquitectos, he spent over a decade as a drummer in pop-rock band Aleks Syntek y La Gente Normal, an experience which he actually credits with sparking his interest in architecture. An article released this week by Surface Magazine offers an extensive profile of Rojkind, from his childhood, through his days as a drummer, to the difficulties he experienced on his architectural work--including the disastrous opening of Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional in 2014. Read some excerpts from Surface Magazine's article after the break.

10 Innovative Ways to Use Concrete: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 10 December, 2017
© Song Yousub
© Song Yousub

Of all construction materials, concrete is perhaps the one that allows the greatest diversity of finishes and textures. The mixture of its ingredients, the shape and texture of the formwork, and the pigmentation of the materials all offer the opportunity to achieve an interesting design. This week we've prepared a selection of 10 inspiring images of innovative concrete, taken by renowned photographers such as Gonzalo Viramonte, Song Yousub, and Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal.

© David Schreyer Cortesía de Moon Hoon © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Giorgio Marafioti + 12

Michel Rojkind and Bjarke Ingels Describe the Recently Opened Foro Boca

06:00 - 7 December, 2017
Michel Rojkind and Bjarke Ingels Describe the Recently Opened Foro Boca, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

The official inauguration for Foro Boca by Rojkind Arquitectos was held in Veracruz, México, gathering members of the local community as well as special guest Bjarke Ingels for a concert by renowned violinist Joshua Bell and the city's Philarmonic Orchestra.

Foro Boca / Rojkind Arquitectos

09:00 - 1 December, 2017
© Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boca del Río, Ver., Mexico
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Michel Rojkind
  • Architectural project

    Agustín Pereyra (Project Manager) Arturo Ortíz, Adrián Aguilar, Sandra Carvajal, Fernanda Casar, Salvador Cortéz, Diego Díaz Lezama, Paulina Elizalde, Rubén García, Daniel Gaytán, Paulina Goycoolea, Jorge González R., Alfredo Hernández , Laura Hernández, Pablo Herrera, Julieta Inclán, Carsten Lemme Andrea León, Félix Mendoza, Gerardo Salinas, Julio Serralde, Alfonso Paz, Cynthia Ponce, Víctor Velázquez, Ditter Vergara, Beatriz Zavala.
  • Area

    5410.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Tori Tori Altavista / ESRAWE Studio + Rojkind Arquitectos

13:00 - 27 July, 2016
Tori Tori Altavista / ESRAWE Studio + Rojkind Arquitectos, Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro

Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro + 18

Rojkind Arquitectos' Foro Boca Breaks Ground in Mexico

09:15 - 8 July, 2015
Rojkind Arquitectos' Foro Boca Breaks Ground in Mexico, Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

Rojkind Arquitectos has shared their latest project, Foro Boca, which broke ground yesterday in Veracruz, Mexico. Part of a masterplan that seeks to reinvigorate the surrounding area, the project is catalyzing the renovation of infrastructure. The building will hold an 850-seat concert hall, rehearsal space, a music library and offices. The architects contend that "The building appropriates the timeless expression of the concretes cubes formed by ripraps in the breakwater, assimilating them as its origin and re-interpreting them in a building made of apparent concrete, forming various areas of volume that contain the concert hall."

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High Park / Rojkind Arquitectos

11:00 - 8 June, 2015
High Park / Rojkind Arquitectos, © Mariana García
© Mariana García

© Rojkind Arquitectos, photograph by Jaime Navarro © Mariana García © Mariana García © Rojkind Arquitectos, photograph by Jaime Navarro + 16

Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

12:00 - 11 March, 2015
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas, Gabriela Etchegaray
  • Design Team

    Barbara Trujillo, Gerardo Villanueva, Gerardo Reyes, Carlos Campos, Andrea León
  • Area

    1650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012

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Mercado Roma / Rojkind Arquitectos

12:00 - 9 March, 2015
Mercado Roma / Rojkind Arquitectos, © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro
© Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro

© Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro + 29

Warming Huts Bring Life and Shelter to Winnipeg's Frozen Rivertrail

17:00 - 19 February, 2015
Warming Huts Bring Life and Shelter to Winnipeg's Frozen Rivertrail, By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / Rojkind Arquitectos (México D.F.). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / Rojkind Arquitectos (México D.F.). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

Each year Winnipeg’s Red River Mutual Rivertrail is transformed by a series of site specific "Warming Huts" that bring life and refuge to what is the world's longest naturally frozen skating trail. The annual tradition’s popularity has grown exponentially, attracting participation from firm’s worldwide. This edition is offering visitors a highly acclaimed pop-up restaurant, a ski-through museum, and an eclectic collection of warm shelters, including a “hybrid” wood hut designed by Mexico’s Rojkind Arquitectos. You can see all eight completed installations, after the break.

Warming Hut Additions: Mirror Cloaking / University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts 6043 / Designed & Constructed by Kelvin High School (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts Warming Hut Additions: RAW:almond (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts + 20

Liverpool Insurgentes Department Store / Rojkind Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Liverpool Insurgentes Department Store / Rojkind Arquitectos, © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro
© Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro

© Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro + 30

ArchDaily Editors Select 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
ArchDaily Editors Select 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums

In honor of International Museum Day 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

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects, Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN
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.

Terunobu Fujimori, Beetle's House, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London/TASCHEN Jorge Gracia, Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexico. Image © Undine Pröhl/TASCHEN Kota Mizuishi, Riverside House Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Hiroshi Tanigawa/TASCHEN Olson Kundig, Delta Shelter, Mazama, Washington, USA. Image © Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects/TASCHEN + 14

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00:00 - 22 April, 2014

Cineteca Nacional Siglo XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos

09:00 - 19 February, 2014
Cineteca Nacional Siglo XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos, © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Paul Rivera
© Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Paul Rivera

© Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Paul Rivera © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro + 35