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While in Mexico City, we had the chance to visit Michel Rojkind ’s office in La Condesa to interview him and jam on his recording studio hidden in the architecture workshop. We have been big fans of Michel’s work, the result of constant investigation and iteration pushed by by the collaborative character of his studio and multiplied by Michel’s passion for architecture.
Michel is part of a fantastic new generation of Mexican architects that brings fresh ideas to a context with a strong tradition. He started his architecture studies while also being the drummer of a well known Mexican rock band, graduating from the Universidad Iberoamericana in 1994. Between 1999 and 2002 he worked with Isaac Broid and Miquel Adriá on Adriá+Broid+Rojkind Arquitectos, and he started his own studio Rojkind Arquitectos in 2002.
Since then, the firm has been on a strong path of innovation and exploration of architectural programs and building techniques, successfully translating the complex forms of these new ideas into realities that can be built with local manufacturing skills.
1 -Stratosphera - Sonya : https://soundcloud.com/stratosphera/sonya
2- Rockystar - Digitize 1 : https://soundcloud.com/rockystar/digitize-2
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Recorded: March 3, 2010
Michel Rojkind founded Rojikind arquitectos in Mexico City in 2002. The firm finds “new directions in architectural practice – evoking common identities through the exploration of uncharted geometries that address questions of space, function, technology, materials, structure, and construction methods related directly to geography, climate, and local urban experiences.” The office’s built work includes the PR34 House and Falcon Headquarters, both in Mexico City; Nestle Chocolate Museum in Toluca, Mexico; and the Nestle Application Group in Queretaro, Mexico. Ongoing projects include Code Horizon, Dubai; Pulse Tower, Monterrey; and Tori Tori Restaurant, Mexico City.
Rojkind arquitectos was featured in Architectural Record’s 2005 Design Vanguard and is the recipient of the Iaakov Chernikov Prize, and was nominated for the Marcus Prize and the Ordos Prize. Widely exhibited, the firm’s work has been included in the traveling exhibition, “Contemporary Mexican Architectures,” the 2008 Venice Biennale, and the Vitra exhibition, “Open House: Intelligent Living by Design,” as part of the World Forum of Architecture and Design in Essen, Germany. Rojkind studied architecture and urban planning at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. The firm’s work has also been included in numerous book surveys and publications including Abitare, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Domus, and Dwell.
The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.
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Con motivo de la XIX Bienal chilena de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, entrevistamos a Michel Rojkind, fiel representante de una fresca generación mexicana de arquitectos con interés en explorar programas y técnicas constructivas para plantear respuestas multidisciplinarias y contemporáneas en un país con marcadas tradiciones arquitectónicas.
Graduado de la Universidad Iberoamericana en 1994, en 1999 Rojkind fundó Adriá+Broid+Rojkind Arquitectos junto a Isaac Broid y Miquel Adriá, con quienes trabajó hasta 2002, momento en que decide levantar Rojkind Arquitectos en 2002.
Hsingming Fung characterizes Michel Rojkind’s explorations in architecture and music as evocations of emotion and images.
Rojkind describes his interest in the concept of contagion in architecture, which he relates to a comfort with the discomfort of unusual frictions in his work. He presents a museum proposal in which a platonic cube is unfolded onto a treacherous mountainous site.
Rojkind discusses his collaboration with auto-body technicians to execute elements that contractors were reticent to attempt. He presents a project which added a pixelated skin around an existing building, creating protected garden spaces where this skin and original house misaligned. He presents his proposal for the Ordos 100 project in Mongolia, describing the difficulty of designing separate habitations in a vacuum, without the coordination of adjacencies between the architects involved.
Rojkind presents a proposal for a hotel comprised of aggregated horizontal elements organized to establish different venues and atmospheres in a larger complex. He describes his entry in a competition to create park space and public housing for Mexico City. His entry was highly critical of the project brief and of city policies.
Rojkind concludes with the Nestlé Chocolate Museum, in Mexico City. He designed and built the entire project in two and a half months; a process he describes as working on a 1:1 scale model. There were many construction problems, especially dealing with the multiple teams of builders who worked round-the-clock. Rojkind notes that one benefit of this rapid pace was in securing an agreement from the client that they could not make any changes to the project.
0:00 Michel Rojkind presentation
43:16 Q & A
The Toronto Society of Architects in partnership with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design hosted a lecture by architect Michel Rojkind on June 6, 2012.
In 2010, the Los Angeles Times listed Rojkind among the "Faces to Watch in 2010." The same year he was also named one of the Country's Treasured Architects by the Mexican Civil Registry, and one of the "50 Mexican Names in the Global Creative Scene" by ProMéxico Magazine. In 2011, Wallpaper* Magazine deemed Rojkind one of the 150 movers, shakers, and makers that have rocked the world in the last 15 years.
For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca