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.