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There are more than 40 countries and regions in Latin America. Despite the difference in geography and development level, they have experienced similar history under the effect of Indian culture. They both have the similar experience fighting for independence and against colonial rule in politics, economy and culture. They also have mutual source of culture and language. On the other hand, Latin America is a discrepant and multivariate area. Some countries are deeply affected by European culture while some countries rapidly develop like a highly industrialisation centre. Latin America is composed of sharply contrastive countries, cloister cultures in the 16th century in Mexico or Guatemala, Marxism approach in Ecuador and Peru

and Baroque of Andeans. All of these are the embodiment of Latin America. Baroque is the most representative of architectures in Latin America. Since the 16th century, European colonists have transplanted European culture to Latin America. Along with the Catholic Church, Baroque architecture appeared in many cities and towns. After the industrial revolution, classical revival architecture and eclectic architecture were also introduced into this land. In the end of the 1920s, European modernist architecture began to impact on Latin America. It developed rapidly, but confined in the coastal cities. In pushing modern architecture, many Latin American architects were not restricted to imitating but also actively explored local regional features. After more than 300

years’ development, modern architecture absorbed Indian culture and became Baroque architecture which deeply originated from Latin American architecture culture. The countries in Latin America also made good use of reinforced concrete materials to build the architecture according to their technique and economic conditions. Therefore, up to the 1950s, the modern architecture in Latin America had come to maturation featuring in wide space, physical diversity, thick modeling, rich colour, and sharp contrast of light and shadow, or with a large mural decoration. Many works were strongly individual and totally different from those modern architectures in Europe and North America: Brazil Museum of 1939 World Expo in New York, Library of Mexico University in 1953, some public buildings in the end

of 1950s in Brasilia and Mexico Anthropology Museum, as well as the hyperbolic paraboloid thinshell structures with reinforced concrete designed by Engineer F.Rafah. All of these gave a profound impress on the international construction industry. The modern architecture in Latin America has become an important aspect of the multivariate trend in the world architecture.


Atacama Explora Hotel Location : San Pedro de Atacama, Chile Designer : Germรกn del Sol Photographer : Guy Wemborne

This Hotel invites travellers to stop wandering, and make a fruitful pause. Life, dispersed in Atacama's vastness, is somehow present at the hotel, inviting visitors to go out and experience first hand natural and cultural riches, and return every evening back to comfort, free of the sheer tasks of survival. San Pedro de Atacama is a 34,000 acres cultivated oasis, inhabited for more than 2,000 years, in dispersed neighbourhoods called Ayllus. The colonial town was founded instead, by the Spanish conquerors, as a square grid of long streets around the main square. The hotel takes some distance from the existing settlements, to found a new town in Atacama. It also follows the preColumbian tradition of buildings that stand isolated in big public squares, establish multiple relationships between them and nature, and create towns without the use of streets. The hotel buildings are a sequence of interior and exterior places. It is the same with buildings in other small towns in Atacama, where the public and the private are not very well defined. Disperse buildings, which form the Hotel, are intended to be experienced as one, and individualities spared.






Basico Hotel Location : Mexico City, Mexico Designer : Central De Arquitectura Photographer : Moisés Isón and José Antonio Sánchez

Themed around the basic concepts with a strong local identity, the Basico hotel challenges preconceived notions of what a design hotel should be, evoking images of an essential Mexico. Located only a few steps away from the ocean, off 5th Avenue amidst the bustling centre of Playa del Carmen, Básico opens its doors to a hedonist crowd with fifteen curious rooms distributed over two floors. Very traditional ideas of Mexican everyday culture are brought to life here. Public schools, “cantinas”, the petroleum industry and other references are present throughout the property. Made out of a mixture of concrete and Caribbean sand, the newly built sand-coloured building fits in perfectly with the local beach atmosphere. The floors are also made of sand-shaded cement with red details, reminiscent of the typical “Mexican patio” style. In the interiors, a lot of plants, colourful details and rich textures remind guests of the country’s popular culture. Héctor Galván has made sure that most aspects of the interior design have been made out of recycled materials, resins, plumbing pipes, different woods, paint, cotton, rubber tires, plastic, glass and even latex.




CONDESA df Hotel Location : Mexico Designer : India Mahdavi Photographer : Jaime Bórquez , Felipe Camus, José Luis Ibáñez

Mexico City has become a cosmopolitan metropolis. The contemporary traveler seeks authenticity. It’s a thirst for unfamiliar flavors and new sensations that attracts visitors to Mexico City, a destination with strong cultural roots that preserves a local feel in the era of globalisation. CONDESA df Hotel imaginatively fuses the name and spirit of its environment with designer India Mahdavi’s inventive and playful simplicity. Hip without being haughty, Mahdavi’s design offers functional originality from rooms to rooftop, incorporating a range of local materials in elements including custom-made furniture and stone tile flooring. The sense of intimacy is the key for a new “art de vivre”. It is not expected to find a stuffy front desk area where the greeting feels like a stiff, formal ceremony. Beyond the central lobby everything happens around a shaded and flourished inner patio, designed after those of Mexican haciendas. CONDESA df, the design hotel that opened January in Mexico City's trendy la Condesa neighborhood, introduces a free Summer movie series in their sub-level theatre.





Remota Hotel Location : Patagonia, Chile Designer : GermĂĄn del Sol Photographer : Guy Wenborne, Felipe Camus, Turek

Latin American culture relates its people with nature. It has an ancient tradition of works of architecture that stand in the midst of nature, just to bring signs of lift to places. The inspirations come from the sheep farm’s buildings of Patagonia. The buildings are made for the sheep farm where daily life in Patagonia is lived. A concrete structure of pillars, slabs and interior walls is applied to ensure room privacy and fireproofing. The structure is enclosed by waterproof plywood panels with a 1 foot thick expanded polyurethane core as insulation. The panels are coated with a synthetic asphalt membrane to provide the building with the best insulation, and protection against rain and wind. The asphalt membrane is covered with black fine gravel to protect it from the UV rays. The PVC double glazing thermo windowpanes form a continuous sequence of vertical openings in the exterior walls. The interior design might not be understood apart from the architectural work. The ever changing light of Patagonia enters the building through the sequence of vertical cuts of the windowpanes. The light is captured by the bright colours of the fabrics that cover the dark wood furniture. The strong and Spartan geometric furniture was made by carpenters at the job site, out of big pieces of dead native wood, recovered from big forests of Lenga trees. In all furniture, the handcrafted work can be appreciated. The guest bedrooms have also some wood sleepers running vertically from the floor to the ceiling, friendly but still soundproof.




La Purificadora Location : Puebla, Mexico Completion : 2006 Designer : Architect Ricardo Legorreta

Innovative Mexican hotelier Carlos Couturier’s latest project is an inland wonder, a former 19th-century water-purifying centre next to the Iglesia de San Francisco in the colonial city of Puebla. Purity is the guiding principle of the hotel’s design as executed by renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta: black and white are the only colours, bringing out the subtleties of the materials: stone from the original building, old wood, onyx and custom floor tile, as well as materials such as bottles and glass fragments, which are also integrated in the hotel’s graphic design. But this minimalism shouldn’t be confused with lack of luxury: a roof terrace and a 30-metre pool provide ample recreational opportunity, and the 26 guest rooms offer spectacular views of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A ground-floor restaurant, patio, library and extensive wine cellar offer civilised diversions, but La Purificadora's real achievement is in its mix of tradition and contemporary flavour, giving Puebla a hotel to savour on the road from Mexico City to Oaxaca. Offering an ambience of tranquility, comfort and exclusiveness, this property is an ideal place for nature lovers and for those who want to explore the city.





Deseo Hotel Location : Quintana Roo, Mexico Designer : Central De Arquitectura Photographer : Luis Gordoa

Deseo is located in playa del carmen, Mexico, a small Caribbean village where fun and relaxation come together. The general idea of this project is to combine these two activities in the same place. The building revolves around a main patio where the public areas dominate. This patio offers a variety of activities and atmospheres, a spatial trace of sensations, platforms, textures, water and sky. With the idea of combining architecture and plastic art, Silvia Grunner, a local artist, was requested to make an intervention in the pool (recalling gesamtkunstwerk), which reads “away from you�. The facade is composed by a wood skin that works as a filter and threshold between the patio and the rooms. The main stairs recall those of the prehistoric Mayan culture and invite you to an unknown environment until reaching the central patio. The rooms pretend to segregate the boarder of any disturbance from the city, offering a clean, sober and elegant space.






Emiliano Hotel Location : Sao Paulo, Brasil Designer : Arthur Casas Photographer : Tuca Reines

Unique in sophistication, the Emiliano is far beyond a common hotel. Member of the Leading Small Chain of Hotels, Emiliano is a perfect combination of stylish grand-hotel sophistication and uniqueness with a Brazilian touch; an impressive art installation by Siron Franco in the reception area, the fantastic hanging orchid garden by Gilberto Elkis and the "golden chairs" in the lobby, by the local design wizards Campanas brothers. The idea was to make a hotel where guests never feel tired, as if they were at home. For such purpose, designers used neutral colours, clear wood and modern furniture. The hotel, which has 38 apartments and 19 suites, gained its glamour with the mix of furniture and state-of-the-art technology.




Habita Hotel Location : Mexico City, Mexico Designer : TEN Arquitectos Photographer : Luis Gordoa, Undina Prohl

The architects converted a five-story apartment building of the 1950s, located on a commercial street and lined with retail stores and officebuildings, into a thirty-six room boutique hotel, with new services and amenities such as a swimming pool, gym, sauna, bar, and restaurant. The old structure achieved a new identity because of its new wrapper, a frosted glass envelope composed of rectangular glass panels, which exists beyond the original facade.






Un Hotel En Patagonia Location : Magallanes, Chile Designer : Germรกn del Sol Photographer : Guy Wemborne

In order to live in this immensity, men and women construct with stones, grace, and talent, throughout the pasturing routes, or of commerce, towers, knolls or walls; or they paint in caves or farellones; or they form with ordered stones and enormous slope figures. Thus they make the human life possible in the solitude labyrinth.


W Hotel Mexico Location : Mexico City, Mexico Designer : GAIA Studio Photographer : GAIA Studio

The W Hotel in Mexico City, like the city it inhibits, is a juxtaposition of modern ideas and indigenous culture which is both vibrant and serene. A few feet away the city is watching as one experiences the terrace's beautiful salam wood floors, pillow filled lounge mattresses, hanging seat pods and crackling fire. For those who have had their fill of exposure, off the terrace,he can hide away in the bird house dining room under the night sky. But if one still wants to been seen, he can dine in the glowing white stone clad tunnel which is nestled in the restaurants warm, dark, and cozy atmosphere. In the three-floor-high atrium, there is an eye catching moving visual projection playing on the elevators. The corridors continue the Studio Gaia's harmonious play of contrast. Its sleek white and deep red prepare for the dramatic experience of the spacious hotel room. The generous size of the guest rooms are accentuated by the clean material, low furniture and millwork. The open bathroom becomes a perfect place to lay in its hammock after indulging in the shower's body massage sprays. For the ultimate luxury, reserve a Loft or the Presidential Suite. Both offer double height rooms with grand views from the twenty fifth floor. Architecturally, the sculptural staircase, and light wood paneling mixed with the finest and modest finishes will make one not want to leave. Mix a drink at the wet bar while friends play on the leather sofas. Afterwards, ascend to the mezzanine bed that looks over the city.






Restaurante “El Cardenal” Palmas Location : México City, Mexico Designer : Pascal Arquitectos / Carlos Pascal / Gerard Pascal Photographer : Juan Marcos Castañeda

“El Cardenal Restaurant” is located on the ground floor of a modern building in the midst of a trendy commercial area of Mexico City. The contemporary design of the premises is in direct relationship with the sorroundings rather than with the traditional mexican cuisine, allowing it to be the centre of attention and leaving everything else functioning only as background. The bar area is the principal node from which the complete distribution and the restaurant concept revolve, at the same time is the host zone that welcomes visitors with a magnificent nava wood and black greased steel bar that gives access to the main foyer. In the main dining room a black Oaxaca’s clay cabinet will display temporary expositions of selected pieces of the Museo de Arte Regional – MAP - (Regional Folk Art Museum); a loose ceiling panel covered with scantex acts like an acoustic barrier and the gaps between these panels help to hide air conditioning outlets, speakers, sprinklers and the rest of the mechanical elements. Also from the dining room one can access an indoor yard that is in complete harmony with the whole decoration concept. The integration of the kitchen area was accomplished by using amber glass working as filter and extending the black ceiling from the main foyer towards it, creating a contuinity feeling between these two spaces. The floors were covered with natural and polished pórfido de San Luis stone; nava wood and a steel plate was utilised for the baseboard.





Guria Restaurant Location : Santa FĂŠ, Ciudad de MĂŠxico Designer : Pascal Arquitectos / Carlos Pascal / Gerard Pascal Photographer : Jaime Navarro

Architectural design in Guria restaurant is a contemporary interpretation of old basque homes. This concept, under the request of the owners, is the continuity of a well proved and successful formula devoloped in the the original spanish premises. The project began by generating a triangular mesh shape modulated on the base, from where the geometric and decorative interior style was developed. This was the starting point of the design concept and the layout distribution that welcomes the visitors with a six metres height reception foyer; irregular limestone walls give a dramatic visual impact to this area from where a chandelier hangs.



Bembos Restaurant Location : Lima, Peru Designer : Architect Jose Orrego - Metropolis Photographer : Jose Orrego

The project is located inside the Sur Plaza commercial centre, in the assigned zone to entertainment and family services. The following project regards an iconographic proposal for Bembos Restaurant, which is part of a fast-food chain, in order to show off their association with Coca-Cola. The images and symbolic representations traditionally associated to each company were exposed on different places in the project. The challenge of the design was to deliver an illusion of monumental space to a construction that didn’t have enough depth for that. An extended facade solved the problem.



KOSUSHI Location : Sao Paulo, Brasil Designer : Arthur Casas Photographer : A.Casas

People want to be entertained when they go to a restaurant, specially in a city like S?o Paulo. The Japanese restaurant in the Itaim neighborhood, Kosushi, has a double-height atrium, mezzanine, ground-floor area and sushi bar. Neutral color contrasts with the orange of the Eames chair and the sushi bar itself. Japanese elements are juxtaposed with progressive notions of design. A glazed ceiling over the bar and part of the dinning room allows natural light into the space.The proposal was to create a sushi bar that would convey customers to an oriental atmosphere, but also with occidental influences.





Cybercafé Location : Sao Paulo/Brasil Completion : 2005 Designer : Brunete Fraccaroli Photographer : Tuca Reinés

Architect Brunete Fraccaroli, created in this space of 70 sqm a Cybercafe that is dedicated to learn, being a point of convergence of the shared knowledge, with intention to stimulate the research and the reading, using technology of last generation connected to coffee. Abusing the automation of the equipment, illumination, audio and video, the architect takes off the maximum of the party of the materials, mixing and abusing the combinations and the contrasts of materials and colours, as steel and glass. Everything allies to the technology, in a new proposal of space composition, favouring the conviviality and the enterprise dynamism, new discoveries and social knowledge. In the centre of Cybercafé, a circular sofa is detached by the orange colour, with the aim to congregate what the individual study separated. It also has space for consultation and research. TVs of plasma are supported by a metallic pipe with a blue glass box around. People can enjoy all the infrastructure of Cybercafé with much amusement.


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Columbia Store Location : Santiago, Chile Designer : Gonzalo Mardones V. Photographer : AndrĂŠs NuĂąez, Alejandro Briones

Columbia's new store in the Boulevard Parque Arauco needing worked with an image pre created that seemed to us to beinteresting to restate. The idea consists basically of propose two linked spaces. The first space of exhibition, in the access with a major height of which tensile some hang of steel and crystal to expose the clothes like a gallery. These elements to human scale are together with the people who circulate the protagonists of this space. In this sector the artificial light is solved across features in the sky and, of way of allowing that the light should bounce and slips for the walls. The principal wall is hollowed by horizontal features also white where there are located the accessories illuminated from the interior of these cracks. The shop is neutral, entirely white in the first sector and completely of cedar wood in the second one, being the clothes principal protagonist.



Sacada Store-Rio de Janeiro Location : Rio de Janeiro/Brasil Completion : 2005 Designer : Arthur Casas Photographer : Tuca Reines

As a well known chain of women’s fashion based in Rio de Janeiro, the project started 6 years ago targeting a better circulation. The designers perfectly aligned the store identity to the products sold. Wood flooring sourced from old countryside demolitions, the use of Brazilian furniture from the second half of the 20th Century and especially the giant panel of braided “tucum” fiber give a special personality to this design.



Sacada Store-Sao Paulo Location Completion Designer Photographer

: Sao Paulo/Brasil : 2005 : Arthur Casas : Tuca Reines

At the Sacada store, in S達o Paulo, Arthur Casas pushes to the limit his preference for natural and neutral materials. He uses similar colored wood to compose the store's furniture and coatings, which has a conspicuous vertical garden at the back. The genuinely Brazilian tauari wood flooring has colors similar to the slender oak's applied on the walls, at the stairs, on the clothes framing box and, also, on the ceiling. The front and side facades are furnished with Aluminum sheets painted to imitate Cor-Ten steel. Made of blades, in the same material, a vertically rolling door allows the total opening of the gap. According to the architect, the absence of a door breaks the timidity of people entering the space and makes them more at ease.


Atika Showroom Location : Santiago, Chile Designer : Gonzalo Mardones V. Photographer : Gonzalo Mardones

The building is the order of a business firm in which show and commercialize products related to baths, kitchens, plumbing fixtures, granites, etc. This building had to receive also to the administrative offices of the executives of the company. The orientation of the Atika Showroom Building is based in the tour of the Sun and to the light, which penetrates inside this container. This box is opened on the south like a great transparent store window for the Vitacura Avenue, The building is entirely white,in the exterior and in the interior. In the centre of the building there is located a spiral scale of granite and crystal that joins the three most public floors, fulfilling a leading and sculptural role inside the composition and producing the balance like a calder.


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Showroom Comex Location : Mexico City, Mexico Designer : Carlos Rubio Martinez Photographer : Paul Czitrom

The showroom rises from the necessity of Comex enterprise to show the technology and vanguard of its finishes and coatings on Expo-CHIAC 2005. The showroom lands on a white coat floor that is the base of seventeen curvilinear rings shaping a sculptural object. Six of them form two bodies landing directly on the main floor at each extreme of the object, and the rest of the rings weld itself consecutively generating the inner floor supported by a steel structure barely perceptible that allows to exhibit seventy panels with different colour finishes.





Tarbut School Location : Mexico City Completion : 2005 Designer : Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta / Migdal Arquitectos Photographer : Werner Huthmacher, Paul Czitrom

The Tarbut School is located in western Mexico City. Due to its growing student body, the school needed a multipurpose space for additional classrooms, as well as sports, cultural activities, and community gatherings. Due to the atmospheric conditions in Mexico City, it is increasingly necessary that such activities take place indoors. In a first stage, the addition consists of two diversely scaled structures programmed for various functions. The structure abutting the campus houses computer labs, a multimedia room, a library, a reading room, and an auditorium. The structure abutting the ravine encloses a gymnasium that can also be used to stage events. A semi-covered courtyard, which acts as a flow distribution node and meeting place, articulates both volumes. A bridge spans the courtyard and connects the two structures.




Studio W Location : Sao Paulo, Brasil Completion : 2005 Designer : Authur Casas Photographer : Tuca Reines

The space to be designed was originally the attic of a well known local upscale shopping centre, used as storage space until recently. The existing steel structure (curiously in the form of a W) which was supposed to be the biggest obstacle for the development of the program defined the personality of the beauty saloon with capacity to serve 120 clients at the same time. A less aseptic then usual atmosphere was created and more welcoming to contrapose with the overall size of the space (1,100sqm) and the generous floor to ceiling height.






Panorama Santa Fe Location : Mexico City Completion : 2005 Designer : Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta / Migdal Arquitectos Photographer : Werner Huthmacher

Panorama Santa Fe is a building with a continuous form, which acts as a pinnacle for the urban belt of the very tall buildings. Its novel design emerges out of the search for the best panoramic view of the city. Perimeter belts on the facade create the continuity of glass elements. Thus, public spaces are created in the curves at the points of inflection, while services as well as private spaces are created in areas that allow right angles, for the perfect placing of furniture.




Gota De Plata Auditorium Theater Location : Pachuca Mexico Completion : 2005 Designer : Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta / Migdal Arquitectos Photographer : Werner Huthmacher, Paul Czitrom

In the City of Pachuca, in the State of Hidalgo, Mexico, a new urban development was created, consisting of various residential, commercial and services programs in a section of the City known as the “Zona Plateada”1 (Silver Zone). Ejido societies, government entities and private promoters formed a partnership to make viable the construction of this Cultural and Services Complex. The central feature of this Park is a large mural plaza made by the plastic artist Byron Gálvez, who comes from Hidalgo.





Turner International Studios - Argentina Location : Buenos Aires, Argentina Designer : Magdalena Bernstein / Mathias Klotz Photographer : Magdalena Bernstein

The Turner Studios project started as a private contest, consisting in the restoration of a patrimonial building that originally hosted a printing office, in the traditional Defensa area of Buenos Aires. The assignment was to distribute and design working spaces, offices, meeting rooms and conference rooms in the last two floors of the building, an interior space of 10 x 12 x 12 meters with perimeter windows and a big skylight in the centre. The interior garden duplicates its perception trough a huge mirror that covers the elevator’s hall.






Casa Estdudio Location : Santiago, Chile Designer : Magdalena Bernstein / Mathias Klotz Photographer : Magdalena Bernstein

The Bernstein & Klotz house / studio is the enlargement and make-over of a house built on 1965, projected and built by architect Ignacio Covarrubias, at the time partner of the prestigious studio of Sergio Larrain, Jorge Swinburn and himself. This building was Mr. Covarrubias’ family house until 2002, date when the designer bought it as family house, with the idea to project an enlargement so that the house and the studio could in the same place. After having worked using the sitting room and dining room as offices, the designer projected an enlargement by the addition of a second floor. Seeing the eventual outcome that definitely transformed the house profile and the subtle relation between the first plant and the patios and garden, the designer decided to reject that option and projected an underground studio. In order to do this and respect the city’s regulations for the neighbourhood, we had to demolish the kitchen, and all service area, including a patio. These programs were momentarily relocated in other places of the house, which kept performing as a family house and a studio. The designer built a basement between the two property dividing walls and over this the designer reinstalled the services program previously demolished, in a volume similar to the pre-existing one. The project aimed to increase the pre-existent surface in a 30 percent, without altering the aspect nor the original spirit of the Covarrubias’ work. It is a project that virtually “disappears” Its essence is the respect for the pre-existence so it would seem it has always been there, without falling in the picturesque nor the rough imitation of the past, but facing the new work with special emphasis on discretion and low-profile.




Edelnor Location : Lima - Peru Designer : Architect Jose Orrego - Metropolis Photographer : Jose Orrego

The company EDELNOR looked for Architect Jose Orrego to work on a new concept of a service centre that groups the functions that had been held in the collection centres, expanding their services to commercial and retail activities. The architectonic and interior design solutions were wrapped in a surface treatment and large images of monumental scales to create a happy and alive atmosphere that helps to bring a pleasant and promoting experience to the visitors. The main idea of the interiors was the creation of organic spaces based in curves in the treatment of the physical space and the ceilings, in a way that gives the sensation of a womb. This source permits for the customer to feel hugged and comforted for the architectonic space and the smiling and friendly images of the large area that are all over the interior route. Additionally, this new concept has also been used to communicate through their different treatments that a company like EDELNOR wants to communicate to the people it serves. This new commercial format creates a new regard for service centre in the city, where it’s being introduced as a new international standard that will be applied in all the new locals of the company.




Zermak Photography Studio Location : La Unión, Cartago Completion : 2006 Designer : ldb arquitectura Photographer : Oscar Abarca

The Zermak studio surges as an amplification of the photographer’s home. The project is inserted in a residential zone in front of some terrains with steeps and one small forest area. The proposal articulates the home and the project with a pathway that generates in the wood entrance and finishes with a deck and reunion hall. Advancing towards this axis, one can enter to the left to the original residence and to the right to the studio, entrance that merges towards the stairways. The space requires being somber in benefit of the activities of the place. Geometrically the work is proportionate in the golden spot section, both in floor as in facade. The studio surges as a modest scale project with an exhaustive control for architecture and constructive detail.



Corporativo Dicas Location : Mérida, Yucatán, México. Designer : Augusto Quijano Arquitectos Photographer : Roberto Cárdenas Cabello, Pedro Hiriart, Ignacio Rivero Bulne

Located to the north of the city of Mérida, in the zone of a more important commercial development, the building of Grupo Dicas is located in a land of 3,413 sqm of surface, with 4,200 sqm approximately of total construction, that includes area for administrative offices and of direction with its respective areas of services. The building, in all its facades is resolute tempered crystal and prefabricated panels concrete apparent of 9 mm, emphasising in the facade of access, the covered cubicalvolume of shining dark granite, that floats on the access seat. In the interiors, shining granite floors, lambrines of wood, crystal handrails and plafones of tablaroca reinforce the idea of dynamism and look for wealth.



Corporativo Bacsa Location : Mérida, México Designer : Augusto Quijano Arquitectos, S.C.P. Photographer : Roberto Cárdenas, Pedro Hiriart

Located to the north of the city of Mérida, in the Yucatan Park of nonpolluting industries, the building of Bacsa Constructor considers like a building under two levels. It is located in a land of 9.358 sqm, on the main avenue of the Park. The building, in all its facades will be resolute tempered crystal and prefabricated panels concrete of 9 mm. The image of the Corporative Bacsa is an identifiable element in the urban context of the zone. It operates like a building symbol within the Yucatan Park.



Advertising Agency Location : México D.F.Mexico Designer : Garduño Architects Photographer : Laura Cohen

The first thing that attracted designers’ attention when they contended for the interior architecture design of the Terán/TBWA new headquarters in Mexico City, was its slogan: “The Idea Factory”. These three words certainly inspired quite a challenge among them, but, on the other hand, they also meant designers could base their proposal with no preconceptions at all. The task of designing the ideal creativity-oriented space was really stimulating. Because of its boldness, their proposal attracted the client’s attention from the very start. The plan to literally demolish an area (being this a rented space), to build a three-level central atrium, entering the elevators through the intermediate level and using stairs to go from one level to the next, was undoubtedly risky, but certainly different and original.









HSBC Offices Location : Lima - Peru Completion : 2006 Designer : Architect Jose Orrego - Metropolis Photographer : Alex Kornhuber

The proposal for the HSBC Bank offices emerged from a conceptual solution of a white box that stands out the edification for its simplicity and amplitude sensation. The main idea was to give a contemporary image using clear surfaces enforced with indirect illumination. The frame gets complete with the utilisation of LE CORBUSIER furniture, emphasising the red carpets chosen for these areas. The main details were valued with red elements, which are proper of the corporate image of the bank. The elevator halls were treated with aluminum stripes to emphasise the mechanical function of this zone.






Blp Abogados Location : Lindora, Santa Ana. Completion : 2006 Designer : Arq. Luis Diego Barahona Photographer : Oscar Abarca

Located on the fourth floor of the Building Via Lindora, the new seat of BLP Lawyers occupies an area of thousand square metres. The proposal is clear in demonstrating the intensity to represent the concepts of the company/signature of lawyers that is defined by its high international quality. The internal distribution of the space is defined by a central element - reception and the tensions that produce the two main rooms of meetings to both sides of the architectonic plant. The project is designed within a virtual box - defined by the facades and contrapisos- it allows to manifold transparencies between the spaces - as much between the internal ones as towards the external ones.



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Pedregal House Location : MĂŠxico City Completion : 2006 Designer : Pascal Arquitectos / Carlos Pascal / Gerard Pascal Photographer : Jaime Navarro

Leisure and recreation areas are comfortable and warm due to the use of natural materials. The house is designed in two levels, and the main floor houses public areas, kitchen and domestic services and on the upper level three bedrooms, restrooms and a TV room are located. The design in this project revolves around hotel-foyer style areas, and it welcomes to discover the trophy hunting room, the bar and the wine cellar and a family room that can accommodate a large concurrence.




Vertientes House Location : México City Designer : Pascal Arquitectos / Carlos Pascal / Gerard Pascal Photographer : Jaime Navarro

The home is composed in three levels, and occupies a total of 700 square meters; the principal access, living room, dining room, kitchen, study and a family room belongs to the middle level. The garage and the service zone belongs to the lower level, and the higher level has three bedrooms, each with their bathroom and wardrobe. All levels communicate with an elevator for 10 people. This home was designed using classic concepts but interpreted like a synthesis of the same, styled and deformed to create a longevity effect, in the same way they are cool and contemporary. The materials used refer to classic styles, wooden floors, different types of marble like Yellow “Triana”, White “Carrara”, and Black “Portoro”, on the principal foyer solid columns of Yellow “Triana” marble, all conjugated with furniture; of style, they create total sophistication and coolness.




El Puertito Country Location : Uruguay Completion : 2006 Designer : Juan Pablo Roca . MISURA team

El Puertito Country offers you the opportunity to live life from a different perspective each day. Experience tranquility and silence or hear the trills of the birds; all this plus an amazing view of the lagoon just 15 minutes away from the glamour of city life in Punta del Este. You will be able to choose your own house from one of the thirteen properties in this enchanting landscape, which will also offer all services needed to make your life pleasurable. In effect, Ria Costera S.A and MISURA Design from Montevideo Uruguay proposes its "personal Project" option. The experts will present to you a customised design based on both the existing features of the property you have chosen and your preferences.





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Arthur Casas Like most part of Brazilians from his generation, Arthur Casas, lived together since very early with the architecture. He started his aesthete consciousness on the 60s , when Oscar Niemeyer was astonishing the world with Brasilia’s curves, doing of architecture a popular mater in the country. Despite that, Casas was much more interesting on concrete art and strait lines architecture that was being born on his back yard, the city of São Paulo. In the 2000, the architect installed an office in NY. Under effluviums of the international market, he rediscovers what is like to be Brazilian. The growing interesting for the forms and typical materials from his country brought to the world a different Brazil, without ethnical obviousness and without easily tropically. With his architecture and design, Casas diffused an urban Brazil, modern and, above all international. Rua Capivari, 160 | Pacaembu | São Paulo | SP | Brazil x cep: 01246-020 xxx tel. +55 11 3664 7700 | fax. +55 11 3663 6540

Augusto Quijano Arquitectos UGUSTO QUIJANO AXLE He studied architecture at the Iberoamerican University from 1974 to 1979, under the leadership of architect Jose Nava Requesens, a school that was based on principles lecorbusieranos and kahnianos and taking as teachers, among others, Francisco Serrano, Carlos Mijares, Mario Schejtnan, Fernando Tudela, Jose Ma. Buendía, Jorge Ballina, Felix Sanchez, Carlos Gonzalez Lobo, Aurelio Nuño, Alberto Yarza and Jose Creixel. In September 2007, with the signing Iglesis-Prat of Santiago de Chile, obtained first contest for the Theater of the Arts in the city of Osorno in Chile. In October, as part of the Seventh Biennial Architecture Yucatán, received honorable mentions for the house in L in Merida and the School of the Arts in Leon. Gto. Emiliano Zapata Norte 97129,Merida Yucatan Mexico Tel:999 94442

Brunete Fraccaroli His projects also give charm to the areas of various social undertakings, as she São Paulo. And create solutions to the best use of spaces in apartment-model that decora for construction being launched. Sum to your resume participation consecutive on 12 shows Casa Cor, annual event that brings together the best architects, decorators and landscaping of the country. With 17 years of experience, and specializes in interiors, Brunete says the cornerstone of his work is in projects contemporaries, ecléticos and custom which performs. "Each project is special, requires studies, focus on the customer, functionality and comfort," assesses. Brunete Fraccaroli Arquitetura e Interiores Tel: (11)3885.8309 / 3887.6834 Rua Guarará, 261, 7º andar Jd. Paulista Cep: 01425-001 São Paulo - SP


Carlos Rubio Martinez

Central De Arquitectura CENTRAL DE ARQUITECTURA is an architecture and construction atelier located in Mexico City that was established in 1998 by Moises Ison and Jose Antonio Sánchez. They both graduated from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City with post-graduate studies in the New York School of Interior Design and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. The firms´ work includes hotels, office buildings, industrial complexes, comercial establishments, housing, and interior design. ÁMSTERDAM 91 HIPÓDROMO CONDESA TEL 36401800 México,

Garduño Architects We believe that architecture is much more than walls. If it is created with authentic intention and respect, it must contribute to the inner welfare of human beings. Our philosophy is to operate as a laboratory where each project is carefully viewed from its environment, the user, and its needs. Once the different variables are metabolized we propose a creative, suitable, deliverable and functional answer. The outcome is a respectful architecture, composed by integrated geometric shapes that generate rooms full of light and emotions by which the user obtains a deep architectonic experience. Garduño Architects 1628-B1 Vail Valley Dr. Vail, CO 81657

Germán del Sol For me, being contemporary, Or is heir to a modern world, Not so much in the continued pursuit The innovation for innovation But more back in the beginning, And try to do things over again, A little better. I believe that I am one of the architects Chileans It was inspired by the spirit of tradition Local or indigenous, To connect it with the world, Without staying in folk or purely local. Working with what is more universal local, As Violeta Parra. My attempt to link the city with culture and nature In remote locations, is seeking a destination itself sustainable, To make them unique or unrepeatable, Without putting in a global world where there is more remote, It has been a contribution that has been appreciated and followed As has been the ideas that we proposed For wineries in Chile do not follow the model of the medieval castle But French and seek his grace on the quality that can give the rite Together. Germán del Sol, Arquitecto.Camino las Flores 11441, Las Condes,Santiago, Chile.

Garduño Architects We believe that architecture is much more than walls. If it is created with authentic intention and respect, it must contribute to the inner welfare of human beings. Our philosophy is to operate as a laboratory where each project is carefully viewed from its environment, the user, and its needs. Once the different variables are metabolized we propose a creative, suitable, deliverable and functional answer. The outcome is a respectful architecture, composed by integrated geometric shapes that generate rooms full of light and emotions by which the user obtains a deep architectonic experience. Garduño Architects 1628-B1 Vail Valley Dr. Vail, CO 81657

Gonzalo Mardones V Gonzalo Mardones Viviani Augusto Leguía Sur 160 of. 71 Las Condes, Santiago 6760530 Chile workVoice Phone: +56 2 3359469 faxFax Phone: +56 2 2316130

India Mahdavi India Mahdavi, interior designer, creates places one longs to be, for a moment or for a week. From the irresistible lightness of Miami's Townhouse hotel to the privileged nocturnal luxury of the New York nightclub APT, Mahdavi's designs exude a sense of well being. Sydney Picasso caught up with India in her office and showroom in Paris's seventh arrondissement.

ldb arquitectura The power of an effect on time "in the urban context causes levels of influence of scales that go beyond city limits. The appreciation of 9.11 is the most important contemporary example tragic which refers to the global impact of the act on time. Clearly, the answer given by influential sectors to cities like Brasillia is decontexturalized within the current reality. Obviously the answer that is being generated in cities like Bogota, Curitiva, Santiago, Guadalajara are quick actions that determine the economy and are detonating urban revolutionaries. apartado 871-2350 san josé, costa rica Tel: (506) 253-5069 / (506) 253-8549 Fax: (506) 218-0631

Legorreta + Legorreta Architects "Legorreta Arquitectos was founded more than 40 years ago by Ricardo Legorreta, Noe Castro and Carlos Vargas senior. Since then, the objective has been to achieve the best architecture, inspired through human values. During the 60's and 70's Legorreta Arquitectos was well known for its work such as the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City, Cancun and Ixtapa, office buildings for Seguros America Banamex and IBM in Mexico, laboratories and factories for Kodak, Smith & Kline, Nissan and Renault, as well as low income housing projects for Infonavit and several residential works. In the 80's, Legorreta Arquitectos started designing for other countries and collaborated successfully with different local architects. Allowing for assistance with local codes, continuous contact with the client, and elaboration of construction documents. At the beginning of the 90's Victor Legorreta, son of Ricardo Legorreta, joined the firm. Leading a group of young architects, together with Ricardo Legorreta, he is involved in the design of all projects. WIn 2000, the office name changed to "Legorreta + Legorreta", which represents more than a name: the current organization." Palacio de Versalles 285-A Lomas de Reforma 11020 México D.F. (52 55) 52 51 96 98 Fax (52 55) 55 96 61 62


Mathias Klotz Mathias Klotz Germain was born on April 1965 in Viña del Mar (Chile). In 1991 he graduated as an architect from the Pontificia Unviersidad Católica de Chile. He received the architecture degree from the Universidad Católica de Chile in 1991, beginning the same year with his studio of architecture in Santiago. He has lectured in several Latin American countries, such as Spain, the U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Germany and Sweden. His work has been published in numerous specialized magazines worldwide and the monograph published in the GG Portfolio series: Mathias Klotz, Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 1997, and in 2G edition 26, Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona 2003. LOS COLONOS 0411 PROVIDENCIA SANTIAGO CHILE Tel : 56 2 2336613 Fax: 56 2 2322479

Metropolis Metropolis Architecture is a progressive architecture and design consultancy network, providing a high quality design and ecological driven service for our clients. Our approach is to be client focussed, and bring the very best team of construction professionals to each project to achieve our target of producing energy efficient quality design solutions which have a value beyond the physical built fabric. Our designs look at the wider impact on the environment, the urban grain of their setting, as well as on the quality of life for the people that live, work and experience our designs. Studio G 27 High Street Ryton on Dunsmore Warwickshire CV8 3EY Tel: 024 7630 5514 Fax: 024 7630 5947

Migdal Arquitectos Migdal Arquitectos is a mexican company that realize the projects integral development. We participate actively not only architects, but also all the professionals, technicians and also national and international companies whose skills help make our designs and their realization successful. On the last 18 years we have realized more than 200 projects on diverse typologies, since income and medium housing developments, residential housing, commerce, industrial parks, education and culture and also specialized buildings. Av. Prol. Paseo de la Reforma 1236 piso 11, Col. Sta. Fé, Deleg. Cuajimalpa, 05348, México, D.F. Tel : 9177-0177 Fax : 9177-0170

Pascal Arquitectos Pascal Arquitectos was founded in 1979 by Carlos and Gerard Pascal with the main purpose ot achieving ultimate and integral development in architecture, interior, landscape, lighting and furniture design. Most of Pascal Arquitectos projects had been published and recognized with national and international awards. Atelier's production ranges from numerous luxurious residential projects, several residential complexes, institutional and religious buildings, restaurants, to corporate and offices buildings and hotels. Major restorations of two historic monuments, both recognized by the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), had been completed: Edificio Bolivia, an original masterpiece of architect Carlos Villagran Garcia nowadays corporate headquarters of Ford Motor Company de Mexico, and the grand heritage mansion located in Avenida Refoma and Rio Elba street, were restaurant "El Divino" used to be. Atlaltunco 99, Tecamachalco Naucalpan, Edo. Mex C.P. 53970, MÉXICO Tel (5525) 5294-23-71  Fax (5525) 5294-85-13

Studio Gaia Since the late ‘90s, it has been nearly impossible to experience hip hospitality in Manhattan without encountering Studio GAIA’s mark. Thanks to dramatic designs for the new W Hotels in Mexico City and Seoul, the firm’s influence is now being felt internationally.Waisbrod summarizes his company’s philosophy: “At Studio GAIA, we continually seek clients with whom we can explore the possibilities of architecture and design while challenging the conventions of a genre, be it hotels, restaurants or retail projects. By focusing on our passion and the creative potential of our work, we will continue to thrive as designers and human beings.” 601 west 26th street, suite 415 New york, NY10001 Tel: 212 6803500

TEN Arquitectos Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos,SC(TEN Arquitectos) is dedicated to the creation and investigation of Architecture and Design. Founded in Mexico City by Enrique Norten, HFAIAm in 1986, it opened a second office in New York City in 2001. Currently Ten Arquitectos has 25 members in Mexico City and 35 in New York. TEN Arquitectos has been involved in Projects of different types and scaes inclding furniture desgin, single family apartment and houses, residential, commercial and cultural buidings, parks, urban desgin and redevelopment projects. The work of TEN Arquitectos is known for its contermporary architectural language that unites the aspirations of the nodern world with traditions of its native Mexican culture and environment. Cuernavaca 114/PB, Colonia Condesa, 06140 Mexico DF.

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