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Architecture in Mexico: Emblematic Houses of Valle de Bravo

Terreno House / Fernanda Canales. Image © Jaime Navarrom House / saavedra arquitectos. Image © Ricardo De La ConchaEntrepinos / Taller Hector Barroso. Image © Rory GardinerCRA House / Estudio MMX. Image © Rafael Gamo+ 31

Mexico's Valle de Bravo region, to the southeast of Mexico City, is characterized by the Presa Miguel Alemán lake, created in 1947 as a reservoir for Mexico City and Toluca's water supply. Thanks to its proximity to the capital, Valle de Bravo is a popular weekend destination for residents of surrounding cities. This in turn has sparked the interest of various architects, who have aimed to create projects that enhance visitors' experience such as offering an optimal view of the lake, or an immersive experience in the surrounding forest. 

Mumbai Artist Retreat / Architecture BRIO

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  • Architects: Architecture BRIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: M-Ujala Solar Tech

Capital Projects: New Architecture Rethinking Design in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. has earned a reputation for iconic architecture. Emerging from the L'Enfant and McMillan Plans, Washington’s cityscape includes wide streets and low-rise buildings that sprawl out from circles and rectangular plazas. From the White House to Lincoln Memorial, Washington’s architecture was built to symbolize the nation’s values. Today, new projects are designed to rethink the city’s morphology while respecting its identity.

House in a Garden / Gianni Botsford Architects

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Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School / Sameep Padora & Associates

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Kopargaon, India

Architecture and Collective Living: 50 of Mexico's Most Cutting Edge Apartment Complexes

Las Terrazas Building/ Landa + Martínez Arquitectos. Image © Agustín Landa RuilobaMO47 Building / ZD+A. Image © Jaime NavarroHigh Park / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Mariana GarcíaLa Esmeralda / JSa. Image © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo+ 51

Climate is one of the key factors to take into consideration when designing a space. Of course, this can present a challenge, especially when dealing with extreme climates and the need for insulating materials that are able to adapt to a wide range of conditions. Luckily, for architects operating in Mexico, the country's privileged climate facilitates the creation of microclimates and spaces that blur the line between interior and exterior.   

Mill Hill House / RISE Design Studio

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  • Architects: RISE Design Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  290
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

The Rustic Beauty of the Chukum in Modern Mexican Architecture

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In Yucatan, architects are reviving an ancient Mayan stucco technique for contemporary buildings, merging modern architecture with regional history and culture. The technique is called “chukum,” a term derived from the colloquial name for the Havardia albicans tree native to Mexico. Made with chukum tree bark, the material has several defining qualities that separate it from traditional stucco, including impermeable properties and a natural earthy color. Though chukum initially fell out of use following Spanish conquest of the Maya civilization, it was rediscovered and reemployed by Salvador Reyes Rios of the architecture firm Reyes Rios + Larrain Arquitectos in the late 1990’s, initiating a resurgence of use in the area.

Madri House / Magaldi Studio

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Merida, Mexico
  • Architects: Magaldi Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  580
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Big Ass Fans - Haiku, Morpholio, Natural Oak Wood, Trimble

Di Dox House / Magaldi Studio

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Valle de Bravo, Mexico
  • Architects: Magaldi Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, GRAPHISOFT, Cantera Acatlan, Fiat Lux, Grupo Arca, +4

Architectural Photographer Edmund Sumner Takes Part in the Artist Support Pledge Initiative with Chandigarh Images

During the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the lack of exhibitions and commissions, artists around the world started to struggle. The Artist Support Pledge, an initiative born in March of 2020 in response to this global crisis, seeks to support creative individuals, including architectural photographers. Founded by artist Matthew Burrows, the global movement connects communities in order to ensure “an equitable and sustainable economy for artists and makers of all countries, media, and ethnicities”.

Cinema in India designed by LeCorbusier. Image © Edmund SumnerDavid Chipperfield Inagawa (PM) 2018. Image © Edmund SumnerThe High Court of Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier. Image © Edmund SumnerCinema in India designed by LeCorbusier. Image © Edmund Sumner+ 30

Temple of Steps / Sameep Padora & Associates

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Nandyala, India

Sun Rain Room / Tonkin Liu Architects

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RP Sanjiv Goenka Group Corporate Office / Abin Design Studio

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House in a Beach Garden / Architecture BRIO

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Alibag, India
  • Architects: Architecture BRIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  320
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Naila House / BAAQ'

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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
  • Architects: BAAQ'
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, AutoCAD, Ave Fénix, Imperquimia, La Asunción, +2