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15 Projects in Mexico that Merge the Interior with the Exterior

08:00 - 14 September, 2018
15 Projects in Mexico that Merge the Interior with the Exterior, Casa CSF / López Duplan Arquitectos. Image © Héctor Armando Herrera
Casa CSF / López Duplan Arquitectos. Image © Héctor Armando Herrera

Casa CSF / López Duplan Arquitectos. Image © Héctor Armando Herrera Casa Estudio Hill / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica. Image © Onnis Luque L House / Dellekamp Arquitectos. Image © Sandra Pereznieto Casa Bruma / Fernanda Canales. Image © Rafael Gamo + 20

One of the most important factors to consider when designing is the climate of the site. This can create difficulties when it comes to extreme climates and it is necessary to use insulation materials that adapt to changing conditions. However, when discussing Mexico and its specific climate, this can be an opportunity for architects to create microclimates and spaces that blur the transition of interiors and exteriors.

Patios have become a traditional element of design. They create interesting psychological effects that fuse the conception of the interior and exterior, the common and private. It is a way to bring sunlight and rain into the house, to open up paths and coexistences that do not occur in interiors. Below, a selection of projects in Mexico that use the patio as the main design resource.

SCHULTZ Building / CPDA Arquitectos

11:00 - 11 September, 2018
© Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miguel E. Schultz 139, San Rafael, 06470 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
  • Construction

    Mocaa Arquitectos
  • Structural engineering

    Humberto Girón
  • Illumination design

    Luz y Forma
  • Area

    2800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Los Héroes Park / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto

15:00 - 6 September, 2018
Los Héroes Park / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 24

  • Architect

  • Location

    Adolfo Villa González 253, Delegación Santa María Totoltepec, 50200 Toluca de Lerdo, Méx., Mexico
  • Design Team

    Francisco Pardo, Daniel Vázquez, Ivan Saucedo, Julián Ramírez, Karen Burkart, Sofía Alami, Wilfrido Estrada
  • Area

    12200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Kumoto / Esrawe Studio + Rojkind Arquitectos

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

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 8

  • Architects

  • Location

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

    Esrawe Studio + Rojkind Arquitectos
  • Concept

    Héctor Esrawe, Michel Rojkind
  • Coordination

    Javier García-Rivera, Jorge Mdahuar
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Colinas del Sol Park / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto

15:00 - 30 August, 2018
Colinas del Sol Park / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Héroes Park, Calle Fray Servando, Fraccionamiento Los Héroes, Héroes 3ra Secc, 50245 Toluca de Lerdo, Mex., Mexico
  • Design Team

    Francisco Pardo, Daniel Vázquez, Ivan Saucedo, Julián Ramírez, Karen Burkart, Sofía Alami, Wilfrido Estrada
  • Clients

    INFONAVIT (Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores), CIDS (Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo Sostenible)
  • Construction

    OMESA, Jesús Ortiz Calderón, Javier Robles Santisteban, Francisco Javier Lara Vélez
  • Area

    18200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

22 of the World’s Greatest Architecture Projects Selected by Time Magazine

06:00 - 30 August, 2018
22 of the World’s Greatest Architecture Projects Selected by Time Magazine, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio. Image © Iwan Baan
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio. Image © Iwan Baan

Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Greatest Places 2018 celebrates 100 destinations to visit, stay, eat, and drink from around the world. Chosen by Time’s global team of editors and correspondents, the contenders have been evaluated on quality, originality, innovation, sustainability, and influence.

The list features many architectural delights young and old, designed by famous architects past and present. Ranging from a treehouse in Sweden to a soaring art museum in South Africa, the projects are united by their architectural excellence, worthy of exploration by both architects and the general public.

A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture

06:00 - 22 August, 2018
A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© BGP © Javier Callejas © Paco Pérez Arriaga © Leo Espinosa + 20

Color, inherited from indigenous cultures of Mexico, is a defining characteristic of Mexican architecture. Vibrant colors have been used by architects and artists such as Luis Barragán, Ricardo Legorreta, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O'Gorman, and Mario Pani.

Color in Mexican architecture has reinforced the identity of different regions and areas within the country. For example, it is almost impossible to think of San Miguel de Allende or Guanajuato without the facade colors that weave the landscape.

Asintelix Office / Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin

13:00 - 17 August, 2018
Asintelix Office / Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architect in charge

    Cristina Grappin
  • Other Participants

    Ezequiel Farca, Cristina Grappin, Manuel Medina
  • Area

    6447.58 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

6 Projects in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and USA Selected as Finalists for the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

18:15 - 29 July, 2018
6 Projects in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and USA Selected as Finalists for the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Tepanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico / PRODUCTORA + Isaac Broid. Image © Jaime Navarro
Tepanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico / PRODUCTORA + Isaac Broid. Image © Jaime Navarro

Minutes ago in Detroit, Director Dirk Denison and 2018 MCHAP Jury Chair Ricky Burdett announced the six finalists of the 2018 edition of the Mies Crown Hall America Prize. Selected from a longer list of 31 projects announced earlier this summer in Venice, these outstanding works of architecture will compete for the top honor, the MCHAP Award, which will be announced in October. The authors of the winning award will take home $50,000 to fund research and a publication and will be recognized as the MCHAP Chair in IIT’s College of Architecture.

The six finalist buildings were completed between January 2016 and December 2017. The descriptive texts, provided by the MCHAP jury, celebrate the merits of each individual project.

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.

Headquarters of the Mexican Football Federation / ARROYO SOLÍS AGRAZ

15:00 - 28 June, 2018
 Headquarters of the Mexican Football Federation / ARROYO SOLÍS  AGRAZ, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Team

    Héctor Hurtado, Carlos Salas, Antonio Estrada, Erik Rico, Aarón Jassiel, Rubén Susvilla, Daniel Hernández, Gerardo Vargas
  • Management

    Salvador Arroyo Irigoyen, Alejandro Solís Gómez, Rosa Eugenia Agraz Sánchez
  • Area

    16145.8 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Water and Wellbeing: Projects that Explore the Potential of Public Baths and Pools

06:00 - 20 June, 2018
Water and Wellbeing: Projects that Explore the Potential of Public Baths and Pools, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

There is something about water that continually captures our imagination. Tranquil, dramatic, or ever-changing, the architecture of public baths and swimming pools can enhance the inherent qualities of water. Bathhouses were traditionally meeting-spaces where social differences bled away into skin and steam. Even in contemporary architectural projects, spaces for swimming and bathing often feel like a separate world, therapeutic and intimate.

Below are 12 projects that display stunning spaces for communal bathing and swimming.

© Jean Baptiste Dorner Courtesy of raumlaborberlin © Klemens Ortmeyer Courtesy of Álvarez cubells arquitectos + 12

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

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.

Tatiana Bilbao: “Architecture Should Benefit Every Single Human Being on This Planet”

10:30 - 12 January, 2018
Tatiana Bilbao: “Architecture Should Benefit Every Single Human Being on This Planet”, House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan
House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan

As part of a generation of designers that have, in recent years, put Mexico on the map, Tatiana Bilbao is an architect that is increasingly part of the profession’s global consciousness. But, while some Mexican architects have made their mark with spectacular architecture following the international trend of “iconic” architecture, Bilbao opted instead for a more people-focused approach. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, Bilbao explains how she got into this type of community-building architecture, her thoughts on architectural form, and her ambitions for the future.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: The more I talk to architects of your generation or my generation, the more it becomes apparent that architecture has absolutely no boundaries. In other words, architecture is not just about buildings. More and more, architecture is about building communities.

Tatiana Bilbao: Absolutely. For me, that is the most important part of architecture. Architecture is not about building a building; architecture is about building a community.

Housing in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, 2015. Image © Jaime Navarro Bioinnova, Culiacán Rosales, Mexico, 2012. Image © Iwan Baan House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan Casa Ventura, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, 2011. Image © Rory Gardiner + 20

Ignacia Hotel / Factor Eficiencia + A-G Interiorismo

12:00 - 2 January, 2018
Ignacia Hotel / Factor Eficiencia + A-G Interiorismo, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 24

  • Architects

    A-G Interiorismo), Factor Eficiencia
  • Location

    Jalapa 208, Roma Nte., 06700, CDMX, Mexico
  • Architect in charge

    Fermín Espinosa (Factor Eficiencia) Andrés Gutiérrez (A-G Interiorismo)
  • Area

    420.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro

Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art

09:30 - 23 December, 2017
Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art, © Ieva Saudargaite
© Ieva Saudargaite

How does contemporary religious architecture adapt to the needs of the modern world? Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) award acknowledges the best in religious art and architecture. This year’s winners included 27 projects spanning in religious denomination, size, and location. Beyonds this, the award recognizes three common trends present in religious architecture today: re-adaptation of existing facilities, community-based sacred spaces, and simplicity in design. Read on to see all 27 winners.

© Bill Timmerman © Travis Price © Michael Robinson Courtesy of Moto Designshop + 29

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