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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. 

Meet the Winners of the 2020 Panamerican Architecture Biennial of Quito

Estudio Iturbide / Taller Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo
Estudio Iturbide / Taller Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo

On November 20, the 2020 Panamerican Architecture Biennial of Quito (BAQ 2020) announced the winners of the present edition. Every other year, the BAQ "invites to discuss contemporary production of the built environment, aiming to improve the practice of our profession" in the Americas.

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.   

Archigram and the Dystopia of Small-Scale Living Spaces

"High Density". Image © Jorge TaboadaUn Cuarto Más / ANTNA. Image © Jaime NavarroUna pequeña casa australiana / CABN. Image Cortesía de CABN© Deutsches Architekturmuseum+ 8

Until recently, the origins of the tiny-house movement were of little interest to the scientific community; however, if we take a look at the history of architecture and its connection to the evolution of human lifestyles, we can detect pieces and patterns that paint a clearer picture of the foundations of this movement that has exploded in the last decade as people leave behind the excesses of old and opt for a much more minimalist and flexible way of life.  

Rancho Avándaro House / Chain + Siman + Modo Manera

© Jaime Navarro© Rafael Gamo© Jaime Navarro© Rafael Gamo+ 42

Valle de Bravo, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  520
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Villeroy & Boch

Capilla de la Santa Cruz / Taller de Arquitectura X / Alberto Kalach + Roberto Silva

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Jojutla de Juárez, Mexico

Herencia Progresiva Building / Manada Architectural Boundaries

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Ciudad de México, Mexico

JapoNeza Retreat / Fausto Terán

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Atlangatepec, Mexico
  • Architects: Fausto Terán
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4843 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Cemex, CASTEL, Comex, Interceramic, +1

Youth Centers: Places to Develop Physical, Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Abilities

© Jakob Gate
© Jakob Gate

Youth Centers are facilities designed to provide a safe, informal and supervised environment for young people. They accommodate unstructured social interaction among different age groups and provide the space to offer more structured activities. By giving youth the opportunity to take part in recreational and cultural activities or vocational counseling, these centers help them develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, enjoyment, friendship, and recognition.

Brick in Latin American Architecture: Hospitals and Health Centers

The focus of buildings should ultimately be the well-being of the people using them. When we think of our experiences in hospitals, clinics, the dentist's office, and other medical facilities, the feeling is rarely pleasant. Perhaps it's the smells, the dull, monotone colors, or the sound of medical gadgets working away on some unlucky patient. 

From the Territory to the Inhabitant / Rozana Montiel | Estudio de Arquitectura

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Boys and Girls Club / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica

© Jaime Navarro© Jaime Navarro© Onnis Luque© Arturo Arrieta+ 28

Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Grupos Vallas, Interceramic, Pintex, Rotoplas, +1

Un Cuarto Mas Extension / Taller ADG

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Temixco, Mexico
  • Architects: Taller ADG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  19
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Invelmex

NIU Coliving / CRAFT Arquitectos

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Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • Architects: CRAFT Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Mitsubishi Electric, Comex, Firenze, GAIA, Helvex, +6

Discover 6 Talented Young Architects + Designers Awarded by the Architectural League

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of the 2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Focusing on fresh talent, North America’s most prestigious award encourages the development of distinctive individuals and underlines their work.

Barranca Valle Houses / Taller de Arquitectura X / Alberto Kalach + Iván Ramírez

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Valle de Bravo, Mexico