Emerging Voices 2015
Recorded: March 5, 2015

Drawing from a heritage of Mexican modernism and characterized by “knowing when to stop,” MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS designs buildings with structural clarity and elemental forms. Founded by Manuel Cervantes Cespedes in Mexico City in 2005, the firm finds opportunity in constraints — regulatory, economic, programmatic — and develops projects with consideration for “minimizing complexity.”

In his Emerging Voices lecture, Cervantes Cespedes shares four recently completed buildings. Donceles 54 in downtown Mexico City is a restored 1870 building transformed into living and studio spaces. El Rosario, a mixed-use transit hub in Mexico City designed around natural light and ventilation, is one of a series of transit-oriented developments designed to draw people from the surrounding Hidalgo State into the city proper. The Equestrian Project is a barn-style country home that houses both people and horses within the same structure. The form is a repetition of the building’s section, which is carefully inserted into the landscape to work with the topography. Finally, the Hydroponic Plant Next is an industrialized landscape that seeks a departure from the standard corporate office space in favor of a “more personal” working environment that prioritizes the plant’s employees.


MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS is the winner of several awards including first place in the architectural design category of the XIX Architecture Panamerican Biennial of Quito for the Equestrian Project; the 2013 Luis Barragán award from El Colegio de Arquitectos de la Cuidad de Mexico; and the 2014 Medalla Anahuac. They are also a 2014 AR Emerging Architecture Award runner-up. Cervantes received his Architecture degree from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico.

Visit the 2015 Emerging Voices online feature for more on this year’s winners, and see the complete list of past winners here.