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Posts tagged as 'Mexico'

Fri 10.6.

Glocal Design Station by Row Studio (MX)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 10.06.2011 - Tagged as: , , ,

Glocal Design Magazine's exhibition booth by Row Studio

Álvaro Hernández Felix, Nadia Hernández Felix and Alfonso Maldonado, the trio behind the Mexico City-based architectural and design practice Row Studio have created this citrus-coloured temporary display for the Glocal Design Magazine’s Habitat Expo 2011 exhibition booth. Reminiscent of the recently unveiled Sevillian Metropol Parasol by Jürgen Mayer H., Row Studio’s design also encompasses a concept of grid-like structure made from multiple flowing curvilinearly-cut MDF panels. (more…)

Wed 8.6.

‘Beam’ table lamp by Christian Vivanco (MX)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 08.06.2011 - Tagged as: , ,

'Beam' table lamp by Christian Vivanco

The young Mexican industrial designer Christian Vivanco has created this ‘tiny’ pine-and-plastic (thermoformed mma) table lamp. The compact geometric design accentuates the contrasting qualities of the two materials and stems from Vivanco’s interest in ‘the possible relationship between a visibly heavy object and something ephemeral and inert as light’. (more…)

'Sunset' Chapel' by BNKR Arquitectura, photo by Esteban Suárez

This chapel built on the huge granite rocks of Acapulco, Mexico lives up to the architect’s name. The Mexico City based BNKR Arquitectura (Bunker Arquitectura) recently unveiled this monolithic concrete chapel, a massive yet elegant building to mourn the passing of loved ones.

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Mon 14.2.

Wooden Watches by Jesús 4lonso (MX)

Posted by Simon Keane-Cowell on 14.02.2011 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Wooden watch by Mexican designer Jesús 4lonso

Elegant carpentry meets digital technology in Mexican designer Jesús 4lonso’s formally striking wooden watches, which eschew unnecessary functionality for timepieces that are akin almost to sculpture.

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Tue 15.6.

‘House in Chihuahua’ by Productora (MX)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 15.06.2010 - Tagged as: , ,

House in Chihuahua by Productora, photo by Iwan Baan

This luxurios single family house is part of a golf club community in the desert like northern region of Mexico and was designed by the Mexico City based architectural practice Productora. Partly built into the mountain slope the architects found a way to manage the big differneces between night and daytime.

House in Chihuahua by Productora, photo by Iwan Baan

“The House In Chihuahua is part of a golf club community in the desert like northern region of Mexico. The dwelling was designed to accommodate the special climatic circumstances of the area: in winter temperatures can fall to minus ten degrees Celsius, while in summertime temperatures can rise to above forty degrees Celsius. The differences between daytime and night time temperatures can vary by as much as twenty degrees. To balance the extreme temperature differences, we partially buried the house into the mountain slope to take advantage of the soil’s thermal mass. The colder soil around the house absorbs heat accumulated during the day, and at night the ground gives off heat to the building. The house is organized around a series of patios and roof openings that provide light, ventilation, and views to different areas of the house. The sloped roof acts as a new topography, which blurs the boundaries between the constructed area and the surrounding landscape.”

House in Chihuahua by Productora, photo by Iwan Baan

House in Chihuahua by Productora, photo by Iwan Baan

House in Chihuahua by Productora, photo by Iwan Baan

House in Chihuahua by Productora, photo by Iwan Baan

to the Productora profile @ Architonic

Mon 14.12.

‘N NE E SE S SO O NO’ by Héctor Zamora

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 14.12.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

'N NE E SE S SO O NO', 2009 by Héctor Zamora

'N NE E SE S SO O NO', 2009, by Héctor Zamora

With the use of air or artificial wind in the context of galleries and museums the Mexican artist Héctor Zamora creates immaterial but physical and tectile spatial experiences. One of his most recent works is the installation ‘N NE E SE S SO O NO’ which was curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

'N NE E SE S SO O NO' by Héctor Zamora

'N NE E SE S SO O NO' by Héctor Zamora

The geometries of moving wind become visible volumes in the work N NE E SE S SO O NO, which addresses the illusion of the natural in relation to the visibility of the wind. Eight wind cones of differing heights are blowing in the four cardinal and four secondary directions within an enclosed space. We can infer that the wind is caused by fans inside the cones, but the scene nonetheless comes as a surprise. The functionality of the wind cones is subverted with both an aesthetic and a philosophical intent. A functional object is presented in a new and surreal way: it becomes unfamiliar, and in its unfamiliarity it becomes beautiful. Perhaps the root of the strangeness of the piece is in its confinement, the pointedly closed-off environment that makes the illusion so impossible. And of course there is the mystery of the cones’ differing directions, and the unexpected quality of life that they take on due to this individuality. Is the lie of life, we wonder, in fact a lie? Or would it be a lie to say that art has no life in the first place?” (Elvia Pyburn-Wilk)

'N NE E SE S SO O NO' by Héctor Zamora

'N NE E SE S SO O NO' by Héctor Zamora

to the Héctor Zamora website

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

This light and translucient wedding chapel in the traditional mexican baroque colonial style La Estancia Wedding Gardens was designed by the young Mexico City based Bunker Architects. The idea to construct a chapel for the garden cames, when one of Bunker´s associates decided to marry in these gardens – the client had been toying for some time with the idea of building the chapel. When he found out a young architect was getting married in his garden the commission to design and build the chapel was granted for what the architects thought was an almost ridiculous caprice: the client found very romantic the idea of an architect designing the chapel he would get married in.

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

Let’s see how this funny story continues:

“…That was the last thing he found romantic in the endless subsequent discussions that followed. He imagined a chapel in the same style of the gardens. We were all against styles. He wanted a classical approach. We were seduced by the “modern”. He desired to blend in. We believed in contrast. He preferred a closed wall chapel. We craved an open chapel. He was eccentric. Ok, in this we coincided. He required air conditioning. We disapproved of the idea given the size of the project… Bunker gradually won every point with eloquent, persuasive and almost stoical arguments. In the end, we did complete the chapel, inaugurate it with a wedding and it became the clients´ pampered and proud new offspring.”

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

“A crystal chapel in a warm tropical climate seemed like a contradiction in terms. The green house effect appeared to be something we could not elude. We decided on using U-profiled glass panes that are meant to work together as a single membrane. To separate them as single auto-bearing units, to reduce temperatures during the day, made them fragile and vulnerable. The contractor had never been exposed to this idea but was willing to give it a try. The construction went along as planned and our experiment proved successful. With this, we achieved a well ventilated space and a visual play between the interior and exterior.”

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

“The site for the chapel was carefully chosen within an enormous area of abundant vegetation. We selected a location that would not require the removal of any of the existing plants or trees, under large jacaranda trees, which form a natural arch over the chapel and provide it with ample shade, thus reducing temperatures during the day. We strived to bring about the least possible impact on the site.”

“The chapel was conceived as a box and compressed to form a peaked roof. Different shapes were traced on its lateral facades to form a prism which was then subtracted from the main volume. We covered the four facades with U-profiled glass and spaced each piece 10cm. apart from each other. In the altar façade, a cross was outlined and subtracted from the glass veil creating a window that looks out onto the surrounding garden. Exuberant vegetation permeates through the glass lattice walls thus creating a graceful and rhythmical dialogue between the artificial and natural environment.”

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Sebastian Suarez

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Sebastian Suarez

Location: La Estancia Gardens, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Site Area: 60,000 sq. meters

Gross Floor Area: 117 sq. meters

Building Height: 6.50 m

Construction System: Concrete foundation; steel columns and beams

Client/Owner: Promotora Amates

Principals: Esteban Suarez, Jorge Arteaga, Sebastian Suarez , Santiago Gitanjalli, Zaida Montañana

Collaborators: Paola Moire, Miguel Angel Martinez, Jimena Muhlia

Main Contractor: ETASA

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Cien Acres

Civil & Structural Engineer: DAE

to the Bunker Arquitectura website

Thu 3.9.

CVA House In Mexico City by Materia Arquitectos

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 03.09.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

CVA House by Materia Arcquitectos

CVA House by Materia Arcquitectos

Located in the outskirts of Mexico City, the project was designed for a relaxed life-styled family. The long, rectangular site (335 sq m) was constrained on 3 sides by other houses leaving only a short front access face. The house lives around a patio that serves as the continuation of the interior spaces. The design created a series of episodes along the house defined by the use of natural light and materials.

CVA House by Materia Arcquitectos

CVA House by Materia Arcquitectos

Located in the outskirts of Mexico City, the project was designed for a relaxed life-styled family. The long, rectangular site (335 sq m) was constrained on 3 sides by other houses leaving only a short front access face. The house lives around a patio that serves as the continuation of the interior spaces. The design created a series of episodes along the house defined by the use of natural light and materials.

Inside

Inside

"Defined by the use of natural materials"

"Defined by the use of natural materials"

seen @ World Architecture News

to the Materia Arquitectos website