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Luis Gordoa


House on the Edge / Taller Diez 05

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Punta Roca Partida, Mexico
  • Architects: Taller Diez 05
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  140
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Estado de Mexico Territory

Palmas House / DOSA STUDIO. Image © Onnis LuqueLas Torres / Hierve-Diseñeria. Image © Rafael GamoSan José Station / FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol. Image © LGM StudioMartínez Mondragón House / AVM Arquitectura. Image © Álvaro Morera+ 34

There are several reasons why the Estado de Mexico (a state, not the country) is important not only at the national level but also because of its intrinsic relationship with Mexico City since 59 of its municipalities are considered part of the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico. In this area, there are a large number of industrial plants. In addition, it houses some of the most visited archaeological sites such as Teotihuacán, Tetzuco, Azcapotzalco, Chalco, and Amaquemecan.

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Morelos Territory

Central Gardens Jojutla / MMX. Image © Dane AlonsoTeopanzolco Cultural Center / Isaac Broid + PRODUCTORA. Image © Jaime NavarroLa Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael GamoLos Chocolates Community Development Center / Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo+ 28

Morelos is a state nestled in the south-central region of Mexico, surrounded by the states of Puebla, Guerrero, Estado de México, and Mexico City. With just over 4,893 km² of territory, it's Mexico's second smallest state. It's capital and largest city is Cuernavaca.

Concrete Pipes Transformed Into Architectural Elements and Living Spaces

Urban infrastructures provide comfort to inhabitants and mitigate the risks of disasters such as flooding. Underground systems specifically conceal urban infrastructures from public view and are configured as real mazes under the streets. The distribution of drinking water, urban drainage, sewage, and even electrical wiring and fiber optics in some cases, pass under our feet without us noticing. To this end, the industry developed precast concrete parts for about 100 years that provided construction speed, adequate resistance to force, and durability against time. Concrete pipes with circular sections, in many diverse diameters, are perhaps the most used conduits and are ubiquitous around the world. But there are also those who use these apparently functional elements in creative architectural contexts as well.

Spa Querétaro / Ambrosi I Etchegaray

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Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  490
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  test unificacion 2

Natural Light in Kitchens: Overhead Illumination in Latin American Homes

Vattier House / elton_léniz. Image BJ House / Estudio Alinea + Cristóbal Lamarca. Image Casa Seta / Martín Dulanto. Image Alamos House / ESTUDIO GALERA. Image + 22

Whether by traditional windows, linear openings in the wall, or skylights, the manipulation and incorporation of natural lighting in architectural projects can render a radical change in interior spaces.

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.   

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. 

Spotlight: Toyo Ito

As one of the leading architects of Japan's increasingly highly-regarded architecture culture, 2013 Pritzker Laureate Toyo Ito (born June 1, 1941) has defined his career by combining elements of minimalism with an embrace of technology, in a way that merges both traditional and contemporary elements of Japanese culture.

Tower of Winds. Image © Tomio OhashiTama Art University Library. Image © Iwan BaanSendai Mediatheque. Image © Nacasa & Partners Inc.Taichung Metropolitan Opera House. Image © Lucas K. Doolan+ 16

Which Materials are Easiest to Recycle?

The construction industry is responsible for 75% of the consumption of earth's natural resources. Stone, sand, iron, and many other finite resources are extracted in huge quantities to supply the markets. Additionally, construction sites themselves generate enormous quantities of waste, whether through construction, demolition, or remodeling. In Brazil, for example, construction waste can represent between 50% and 70% of the total mass of municipal solid waste [1]. This waste often ends up in landfills and dumps rather than being properly disposed of, overwhelming municipal sanitation systems and creating informal disposal sites.

Coahuila 59 Building / Contexto Arquitectos

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Mexico City, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  2348
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Chaos Group, CASTEL, Everdeck, Magg, +5

Commercial Spaces in Ordaz / T3arc

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Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Architects: T3arc
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2014